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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.

Going for Gold with Gum Treatment

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

2823674_blogAt City Dental Leeds we’re always aspiring to provide gold star standard treatment for our clients and when it comes to gum disease, we have an array of preventative and curative measures. We strongly believe that prevention is always better than cure and we’re here to keep gum disease firmly at bay. If you have signs of gum disease or you wish to maintain a clean bill of oral health, you’ve come to the right place.

About gum disease

Gum disease is a common oral disease, which is caused by harmful bacteria releasing acids that irritate the gums. The main symptoms of gum disease include swollen or sore gums, bleeding (which is most noticeable when you clean your teeth), tenderness and redness. The early signs of gum disease are usually relatively easy to treat and this is why it’s so important to see your dentist if you notice symptoms. If mild gum disease is left untreated, it can develop fairly quickly and advanced gum disease is much trickier to treat.

The main risk factor for gum disease is poor oral hygiene, but a diet packed with sugary foods, smoking and avoiding regular dental appointments can also elevate the risk.

Preventative measures

The best way to fight gum disease is to maintain good oral hygiene at home, see your dentist every six to nine months for a check-up and try to steer clear of sugary and acidic foods and drinks. It’s also really beneficial to be aware of the potential warning signs and to act on them if they become noticeable. Booking an appointment at an early stage helps to stop gum disease in its tracks. In order to keep the mouth as clean as possible, we recommend brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and flossing every day. We also highly recommend seeing a dental hygienist at least once every 12 months for a deep clean.

Treating gum disease

Gingivitis, the mild form of gum disease, can usually be tackled with oral hygiene treatments and good cleaning techniques at home. In more severe cases, a number of sessions is usually recommended and these will be provided by our dentists and dental hygienists, who work together to ease symptoms and stem the spread of infection. The aim of gum disease treatment is to prevent the situation from getting worse and ensure that you don’t feel any pain. We tend to use a combination of techniques and treatments including regular hygiene sessions, scale and polish and root planing.

The grief of Gum Disease in the City of Leeds

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

2591127_blogMake no mistake about it, gum disease can be a killer and unless you fight it on all fronts, it could be the death of you in the future in Leeds. You see, this condition is a direct result of you being flippant with your diet, your lifestyle and your oral hygiene and if it gets a hold, it is very difficult to tackle. If you find your gums are bleeding or weeping, get to your dentist ASAP and get treated; and whilst there ask for advice. You will have to turn your life around; change your ways and improve your lifestyle- certainly improve your oral hygiene. Bring in herbal remedies as they are good for tackling gum disease, and massage you gums each day, as this will promote blood flow. If you care to ignore this problem, good luck; it will lead to tooth loss, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Whilst the disease is doing a number on your gums, it is leaking toxins into your bloodstream which will be fed and deposited in all of your vital organs- especially the heart. In time these too will become diseased and in the end they will simply give up the ghost and fail….do you really need any other reasons to fight gum disease and look after your teeth and gums?

How your Dentist cares for you and your body in Leeds

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

658156_blogIt is very easy to see your dentist as someone that pokes around your mouth from time to time and that patches you up when things get out of hand in Leeds. However, if you were to dig below the surface of the modern dentist, you will be amazed at how they can help with not only issues in your mouth, but issues in your body as well. It is essential for today’s dentist understand how your system works; they have an amazing array of products and procedures to keep your teeth and gums healthy and looking great- by doing this, it will also impact on the health of your body. Problems like gum disease, tooth decay and abscesses can really affect your general health and dentists know this. But they also know about lots of other aspects such as how diets, lifestyle and oral hygiene can affect your teeth and gums- your general daily constitution. Your dentist also knows about how phobias can affect your treatments, which in turn can affect your overall health. Never feel bad about sitting down with your dentist and pouring your heart out about any issues you may have- the dentist is there for you and can help you with all aspects of your life.

Bad Breath and the connection with Gum Disease in Leeds

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

297243_blogGum disease is one of those conditions that you really want to avoid breaking out in your mouth in Leeds. Aside from the important fact that it can lead to destructive conditions in your heart and other organs in your body, it will ravish your gums and teeth, leading to loss in the long run. If this is not enough, it can also lead to bad breath. Fighting this condition gets harder and more expensive the longer it is left, so it is vital that you look out for the early signs of bleeding and weeping gums; if something tastes bad in your mouth, it could give off pungent smells as well. You have to look at every aspect of gum disease: your dentist is the first port of call in order to tackle any damage done, but then, you will have to change your ways. A poor diet, smoking, drinking and heavy medication all add to the problem of this disease and bad breath, as does poor oral hygiene, so all of these must be addressed. Changing the products you use will increase the chances of your gums recovering, and that may well include the use of herbal remedies- these with help to soothe your mouth and make it fresher. Your mouth needs to be constantly hydrated too, so drinking plenty of caffeine free liquids and chewing on gum and sugar-free sweets will help to keep saliva levels high in the mouth- the natural agent in the body to fight against bad breath and disease.



The science of Periodontics in the City of Leeds

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

357249_blogPlaque is annoying isn’t it? Always ready to cause havoc in your mouth if you don’t keep up your daily brushing and hygiene programme. However, if it is allowed to evolve, it can set off a nasty chain of events that can leave you in serious trouble in the city of Leeds. Plaque leads to the forming of tartar around the base of the teeth and then onto tooth decay and gum disease, and once this process is up and running, then  before long, the jawbone below the teeth can also become infected and diseased as well- periodontal disease. Now if you have been stupid and ignorant enough to let things get to this stage, then you are going to have to put in an incredible effort to save your teeth, and to retain the health of your body throughout. It may well involve some grafting of bone and tissue and it could become very expensive to rectify. The good news though is that the world of periodontics has become better and better with time and new techniques are being developed each year to combat the problems that diseased teeth and gums bring to your mouth and jaws.


Leeds fights Gum Disease and Halitosis through Sweet Alternatives

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

1788807_blogIt is possibly one of the last bastions of joy known to mankind- sugar. It is a wonderful way to make sweets, chocolate foods and drinks tasty. However, this is sadly very bad for you and if you suffer from gum disease and halitosis, then anything with sugar in can only add to your problems in Leeds. But there are ways to get around this that will not only cure your lust for sugar, but will also aid the issues of the disease and smells in your mouth. The consumption of cranberries, apples, kiwi fruit, certain honeys and raisins are not only sweet to the taste, but also nullify bad smells in the mouth, whilst helping to fight against the gum disease. So not only are you curing your sugar-rush, but you will be doing your mouth the world of good by trying out these types of foods – they also come in juice form so give them a shot, but for your own good, you have to avoid sugar if you suffer from these conditions.



Gunning down Gum Disease in Leeds

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

459343_blogYour body should be a temple to you in Leeds, but keeping your health on track relies on you getting the right balance of diet and behaving yourself. If you don’t get this right and you start to ignore your oral hygiene as well, you could be opening a terrible can of worms- gum disease. This is a right killer and aside from the damage it does to your gums; it can knock out your teeth as well. Further down the line, the constant leaking of toxins into the body will get into the heart and other organs and over a long period of time, these parts of the body will simply give up and fail. The early signs of gum disease are blood on the toothbrush- you must have seen the adverts on television. Now there are toothpastes designed to deal with this condition and mouthwashes too, but it goes a lot deeper than this and you really do have to throw anything you can at gum disease; your dentist, a hygienist, and even herbal remedies. You can’t take chances with this condition because it is vicious and it will wreck you in the end: it has to be fought on all fronts if you want a healthy and stable lifestyle in the future.




Avoiding terrible Embarrassment in Central Leeds from Bad Breath

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

429735_blogEveryone loves to go out and socialise in wonderful central Leeds with their friends: people love to get dressed up and have a good time. However, if you are finding the invitations starting to dwindle and find yourself being left out more and more, there could be a reason for this, and it could be you have bad breath. As much as your ‘friends’ like you, your breath can be embarrassing: if they are real friends, they may point this out to you, because it is amazing how many people are completely oblivious to having a problem, but once you know though, it’s time to do something about it. Now this is easier said than done and you are going to have to put in an incredible effort to solve the problem. First, call in your dentist: you need to find out if you are being troubled by tooth decay or gum disease- these cause odours and you’ll need to treat the problems. The next thing you’ll need to do is sit down and take a look at your lifestyle and personal oral hygiene, and for this, you’ll need to pay a visit to a hygienist. Do you have bad habits such as smoking and drinking, how is your diet, how do you clean your teeth? These are all of the things a hygienist can help you address for the future, but it will be hard work. However, if you want get back in with your social jet-set again, you will have to go the extra mile in order to beat the embarrassment this condition can cause you.