Healthy Gums and Gum Disease

Healthy gums are an important part of your oral hygiene routine. Healthy gums give your teeth the support that they need to be stable in your mouth. The main sign of unhealthy gums is gum disease.

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease is a very common condition found mostly in adults where the gums become swollen, sore or infected.

Gum disease can lead to many problems in your mouth. The first sign of gum disease is bleeding.

Here at Allenton Dental we encourage and guide all our patients in ways of maintaining good oral hygiene. At your routine examination we will advise you in what you can do to keep your oral hygiene in a good condition including suggesting the use of interdental brushes, or if we feel that you could benefit from Oral Hygiene Instruction then we will make you aware of this

Here are some ways that you can maintain healthy gums:

Oral hygiene

Good oral hygiene is one of the most essential ways for healthy teeth and gums. Brushing your teeth for 2 minutes twice a day helps to prevent plaque build up. Cleaning in between your teeth as well (interdentally)using floss and an interdental brush helps remove any debris from your teeth.

Routine Dental check-ups (examination)

We advise that all our patients come twice a year (every 6 months). Here not only your teeth are checked but also the condition of your gums.  encourage all our patients to have regular dental check-ups.

If you are concerned about the cost of dental care we offer our patients payment options – ask us about our payment plans.


Smoking increases your risk of gum disease, but can also mask the signs of gum disease as smoking can reduce the blood flow to the gums which in turn can hide any signs of gum disease making your gums look healthy when they possibly are not. We advise our patients that if possible to give up smoking.

Here at Allenton Dental we like to help our patients to maintain good oral hygiene. If you have any questions or queries then don’t hesitate to get in contact with us.

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