Healthy Gums

Maintaining healthy gums is an essential part of good oral health.
While most people brush their teeth regularly, it is not uncommon for people to have a more casual approach to flossing.
This is unfortunate because flossing is the most effective way to prevent gum disease, and decay between teeth, helping to keep your smile looking good.

Gum Disease

One of the first gum disease symptoms is often bleeding gums. Gums become inflamed and can also be tender and painful, red or swollen.
Other gum disease symptoms can include bad breath and a bitter taste in the mouth upon waking after sleep.
Gums which have shrunk from the teeth, abscesses between teeth and gums and loose teeth are symptoms of more advanced gum disease.

If you have any of the above gum disease symptoms it is best to make an appointment with us.
We will review your teeth and gums and let you know if you have gum disease and recommend the best treatment for you.

The best way to prevent gum disease is pretty simple – clean your teeth twice a day and floss daily.
Brush the teeth for two to three minutes at a time and ensure the head of the toothbrush moves along the gum line
pointing towards the gum so that bristles work their way beneath the gums. Also, it’s worth using a mouthwash as a final step in the process.

There are also some lifestyle choices that can help prevent gum disease – don’t smoke, don’t overdo alcohol, choose a healthy diet with minimal sugar, and exercise daily.

Gum disease treatment for gingivitis usually involves providing a thorough scale and clean to remove the plaque and calculus deposits.
We will also provide you with information on how best to look after your teeth at home to prevent future gum disease symptoms.

Visiting us twice a year for a check-up is the best way to catch things early.
Include a professional clean during your visit to keep your gums healthy and to remove any plaque building up on your teeth.