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The Effect Periodontal Disease Has On Your Health

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

944335_blogPeriodontal disease can cause a number of problems to oral health, often leading to the need for treatment like dental implants if not properly taken care of. It leads to bad breath and a growing number of studies have found that it can also cause a loosened hold on teeth from the gums and the eventual loss of teeth.

The disease is usually brought on by poor dental health and is becoming an increasingly common risk to oral health worldwide. It can be hindered from both the dental studio and at home and many dentists are urging patients at risk of the disease or who already suffer from it to use additional oral cleaning equipment such as rinses, floss and tongue scrapers.

A study at Kyushu Dental College in Japan attempted to answer the question: “Does periodontitis cause halitosis or does it occur alongside oral odour?” Halitosis is another word for bad breath and can be caused by a number of things, including dry mouth or particular foods and potentially periodontitis.

The study was conducted by observing the oral health of those with periodontal disease and those without. 101 adults volunteered for the experiment and their oral health was inspected. The volunteers included those with good oral health and those with periodontal disease. Saliva samples were taken from each patient in an attempt to discover exactly how periodontitis and bad breath are related.

The study eventually discovered that the presence of the bacteria – bacteroides forsythus – in the main area of the mouth shows positive links to bad breath. The bacteria is usually only found underneath the gums of people suffering from advanced periodontal decay.

The discovery of the exact bacteria present in the mouth of a person suffering from periodontal disease should go a long way towards curing halitosis in those with the disease, with eventual hopes that a prevention of the disease can be found. If this is not the case treatment such as dental implants may be recommended.

Gum Disease: The Signs and Treatments

Saturday, September 26th, 2015

429735_blogGum disease is the UK’s major reason for tooth loss in adults. However, it is a preventable problem and one that can be successfully treated if it’s caught soon enough.

The signs of gum disease

The main signs of gum disease include bleeding gums and gums that are swollen, red and/or tender. The gums may appear to be pulling away from the teeth and you might persistently experience a bad taste in the mouth. A tooth or number of teeth could feel loose and your bite may have changed as well.

Causes of gum disease

Gum disease is primarily caused by dental plaque that has been allowed to build up around the gum line.The bacteria found in plaque produce a form of acid and other toxins which begin to eat away the gum tissue. If left untreated the acid will eventually begin to eat away the teeth and the underlying jaw bone. This is why it is important to brush twice daily and floss every night.

What treatments can be used to cure gum disease?

Stage 1 Treatment:

In the very early stages your dentist might suggest that you improve your oral hygiene routine. The following may be suggested to you: begin to brush your teeth and gums for 2 to 3 minutes twice daily and flossing every night. If possible use an electric toothbrush as these remove more plaque than a manual one and use an antiseptic mouthwash. This form of treatment may well be enough to cure the problem.

Stage 2 Treatment:

A professional scale and polish may be the next step as this will ensure that all plaque and tartar is removed. It will also include cleaning under the gumline, which should remove the problem plaque and cure the infection.

Stage 3 Treatment:

In some cases of gum disease ‘root planning treatment’ is required. This is essentially a deep clean which gets below the gum line and under the teeth to the roots. This is done under local anaesthetic and patients may feel some discomfort for a few days after the treatment. However, this can be soothed with over the counter painkillers.

Why It’s Important to Report Bleeding Gums to Your Dentist

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

585804_blogWith any other part of the body, most people would seek urgent help if they noticed abnormal bleeding. But with the gums, many of us admit to ignoring blood, often assuming that the problem will resolve itself. At City Dental Leeds, one of our main priorities is to prevent gum disease and equip patients with knowledge and advice to keep their gums healthy. If you notice bleeding when you brush, please get in touch and arrange an appointment. Often, there will be nothing to worry about but if you do have signs of gum disease we will provide a speedy remedy before it gets any worse.

What do bleeding gums mean?

Bleeding gums are one of the most common symptoms of gum disease, an oral disease that can potentially lead to the premature loss of the teeth. Gum disease occurs when bacteria in the mouth release acids that irritate the gums. The most common risk factor for gum disease is poor oral hygiene. However, smoking can also increase the risk of developing gum disease and our diets also play a role in the status of our gum health.

Other symptoms of gum disease include swelling, pain, soreness and tenderness.

When should I see my dentist?

If you have inflamed or sore gums or spot blood when brushing your teeth, it’s advisable to get in touch and book a session with us. With gum disease, symptoms tend to get worse fairly quickly and dealing with them as early as possible is always the best course of action. In many cases of gingivitis (mild gum disease), it is possible to prevent the advancement of the disease by providing powerful cleaning treatments and adopting good oral hygiene practises at home. It’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your dental health, so if you do have bleeding gums, notice changes in your mouth or develop dental pain, the best course of action is to get checked out.

To book an appointment, simply call us today.

Gum Disease: Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

3520145_blogAt City Dental we provide expert dental care to prevent and treat gum disease, one of the most common dental diseases in the UK. Whether you have a clean bill of oral health, have symptoms of mild gum disease or are suffering with periodontal disease, we can help.

Diagnosing gum disease

Gum disease is caused by the presence of harmful bacteria in the mouth that release acids that irritate the gums, causing them to swell and become extremely sore and tender. In the early stages, the most common signs of gum disease include bleeding gums (this is usually noticeable when you clean your teeth or floss), inflammation and pain in and around the gums. As gum disease progresses, additional signs may become noticeable. These include bad breath, an unpleasant taste in the mouth and the formation of pockets located between the teeth and gums. In order to diagnose gum disease, our dentists use their experience and expertise to assess and detect symptoms through thorough examination of the mouth and particularly the gums. In severe cases, additional tests to determine the extent of damage to the bone tissue beneath the gums may also be carried out.

Treating gum disease

Treatment for gum disease is usually provided by dentists and dental hygienists. In mild cases, good oral hygiene helps to reduce symptoms and prevent the condition from getting worse. We may also offer you advice for practising good oral hygiene at home and recommend frequent dental hygiene sessions. In the case of advanced gum disease, treatment requires a long-term approach as periodontal disease causes permanent damage to the bone supporting the teeth. The aim of treatment is to minimise damage and to ease symptoms. Frequent dental hygiene sessions are recommended and treatments such as root planing and scale and polish are used. In very severe cases, surgery may be required.

Preventing gum disease

Thankfully, gum disease is preventable in most cases and there are some really easy steps you can follow to help you reduce your risk of developing oral health problems. These include:

  • brushing your teeth twice a day
  • brushing for at least two minutes each time
  • using fluoride toothpaste
  • brushing gently
  • flossing daily or using inter-dental brushes
  • limiting your sugar intake
  • seeing a dentist for a check-up every six months

We also recommend trying to quit smoking if you are a smoker. Smoking increases the risk of gum disease, as it reduces oxygen flow to the gums. We understand that it can be very difficult to quit smoking and we are able to offer practical advice and support to help you to give up for good.

Why You Shouldn’t Dismiss Bleeding Gums

Friday, June 12th, 2015

364999_blogIf you notice bleeding when you brush your teeth, we strongly recommend calling and making an appointment. Bleeding gums are sometimes a sign of gum disease and the sooner we can sort this problem out, the better. Sadly, with gum disease, the longer you leave it, the worse it becomes and severe gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among UK adults. If you’ve spotted blood when you brush, now is the time to see your dentist.

About gum disease

Gum disease is one of the most common preventable illnesses among UK adults. It is caused by harmful bacteria in the mouth, which give off acids that irritate the gums and result in them becoming inflamed and painful. These acids are also responsible for enamel wear, which increases the risk of cavities. Plaque, the main risk factor for gum disease and decay, forms when bacteria join forces with food debris and saliva. It is a sticky, colourless substance that clings to the teeth and gums. Good oral hygiene should be sufficient to keep plaque at bay, but we also highly recommend paying attention to your diet and steering clear of foods that contain a lot of sugar and acidic foods and drinks.

When should I see a dentist?

Sometimes gums bleed because of an injury or over-brushing, but often bleeding gums are symptomatic of gum disease. If you see blood when you brush your teeth, your gums are swollen or sore or they look very red, we recommend calling and making an appointment. It is always better to treat dental issues early, as there is a risk of them becoming more complex and severe. Mild gum disease (gingivitis) is relatively easy to treat, however advanced gum disease (periodontal disease) is much more serious and often results in tooth loss. We advise six monthly check-ups for all patients, but if you do develop symptoms between appointments, don’t wait for your next scheduled check – call as soon as you can.

If you would like any information about gum disease or would like to make an appointment, simply call us or pop in during office hours.

City Leeds State Of The Art Facilities Provide Peace Of Mind

Monday, July 14th, 2014

585804_blogCity Dental Leeds is a modern and stylish dental practice offering patients state of the art facilities, the latest technology and the best treatments out there. We have designed our clinic to combine the best aspects of modern design and traditional values and we aim to make you feel comfortable and encourage you to make yourselves at home as soon as you set foot through the door. We treat every patient, young and old, as an individual and we are always excited to meet new clients.

Our practice

We recognise the importance of comfort and peace and we offer this in spades in tandem with cutting-edge technology and the best patient facilities. We want you to feel welcome and we encourage you to help yourself to a drink, relax with a magazine or bring your own music in to while away your waiting time. Our practice is family friendly and we like to think that it provides a tranquil oasis just a hop and skip away from the heart of Leeds city centre.

Our team is made up of highly trained dental professionals who use their expertise and the latest techniques to achieve amazing outcomes. Whether you’re popping in for a routine check-up or you’re gearing up for a smile makeover, we’ll do our best to ensure that you enjoy your time with us and you look forward to your next visit.

Our focus

Our main aim is to promote preventative dental health and enable our patients to enjoy healthy, strong teeth and bright, beautiful smiles. We actively encourage regular check-ups and hygiene sessions and we are on hand to provide rapid relief for urgent problems and the best treatment out there for issues such as decay, bad breath and gum disease.

As well as providing family dentistry and general treatments, we also offer a wide range of cosmetic, orthodontic and restorative treatments and our aim is to make you feel confident and attractive. We have a solution for any aesthetic problem you can think of and we use tried and tested methods to address common issues such as misaligned teeth, missing teeth and gummy smiles.

If you would like to find out more about our practice or register, simply pop in when you’re next in town or give us a call.