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Gum Disease Signs Symptoms And What To Do

Gum disease is still a major problem in our society with thousands of people across the UK struggling with inflamed, red or bleeding gums. It's tricky to understand why this is when we have so many stellar dental cleaning products these days, but still people are struggling with their gums. In truth the gums are just a very sensitive area and need a little extra care and consideration than we give them in general. For this reason we’ve put together a little guide on gum disease, the signs, symptoms and how to fix it, all directly from your dentist in Cheshire.

What Is Gum Disease?


Gum disease is a physiological reaction the brain sets in motion when bacteria and germs are left to build up on the gum line. The bleeding and inflammation, though to us seems like a ‘bad’ thing, is actually the body's way of protecting itself from infection. It wants to remove the area of infection in order for the spread to stop.


How Does It Happen?


When we don’t correctly brush your teeth we cause a buildup of plaque and tartar. This is the substance you might well see sitting at the gum line of your own teeth. It’s really not great and can cause a host of problems.


What Are The Signs and Symptoms Of Gum Disease?


Our gums should really be pink and calm looking. They shouldn’t bleed super easily and they shouldn't be red or inflamed, and if you have any of these then you really do need to book in to see your dentist in Cheshire with us here at Willaston Dental Care.


Other signs could be bad breath, a funny taste in your mouth, painful teeth, painful gums, receding gums or wobbly teeth. Again any of these warrant a quick call and trip to your dentist in Cheshire.


What Your Dentist Can Do


When you come to see us with early signs of gum disease there’s a few things we’ll need to assess. First of all whether or not the infection has spread into the tooth and bone and if so if we need to take more action.


In the vast majority of cases we see when the gum disease is caught early enough a quick trip to the hygienist is all that’s needed in order to reverse the gum disease damage.


What Is A Hygienist?


For those of you who have not yet become acquainted with our wonderful hygienist, hygienists are dental practitioners who just take care of the health of patients' gums. They assess the degree of gum disease and then get to work on what we call a scale and polish (a deep clean) and it’s this clean that will then rid the gum of any disease.


After this initial treatment the hygienist will work with you to establish why you’ve developed the disease in the first place and help add in practices to prevent it coming back in the future. They can advise on toothbrushes, toothpastes and best flossing techniques.

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