Gum Disease is the biggest cause of tooth loss; Dont suffer in silence

At derby dental practice, Allenton Dental, we take great pride in the care that we show to our patients. We like to ensure that our patients receive the best treatment there is in order to prolong the life of their teeth. The most vital part of the teeth are the gums as they are the supporting structure and if they are not well maintained  this could cause lost teeth without there being anything dentally wrong with it so we make this our main priority during our routine check up.

If you find that whilst brushing your teeth the gums bleed, this is the first indication of gum disease. The bleeding is due to plaque building up around and below the gum line which can cause bone destruction around the tooth causing it to become mobile which can lead to tooth loss if not treated. There are two different types of gum disease; there technical terms are gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is the term to describe gums that bleed or appear swollen and peridontitis is the more advanced stages of gum disease and the symptoms to this include bad breath, sensitive teeth, receding gums and possible abscesses or pus seeping from the gums.

The way in which we deal with gum disease has changed over the years with our dentists attending many courses updating their knowledge. We now deal with gum disease in stages which are structured to provide you with the knowledge to eliminate gum disease at its root cause. The first stage is intense oral hygiene instruction in which we aim to provide you with the knowledge of how to brush your teeth correctly and efficiently. We go through the use of the electric toothbrush, interdental brushes and use of floss. We like to provide our patients with the knowledge of what gum disease is and how using different instruments can help combat it.

The next stage is reinforcement of the oral hygiene instruction where we go through the brushing regime again to create a better understanding than the first session which often works as people tend to take more in the second time around. If the gum disease is still present after the two oral hygiene sessions then we go to the third stage where we clean the gums under antibiotics. This kills the plaque on contact and aids in healing the gums. If this still does not tackle the problem, it could mean that surgery of the gums is in order to clean further down if there are large pockets around the tooth that cannot be reached by a toothbrush or the antibiotics. We rarely have to resort to surgery, only in very severe cases.

If you suffer from the symptoms of gum disease or are concerned about painful gums please feel free to contact Allenton Dental on 01332 700244 and we can help you help yourself.

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