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Gum Disease


Do your gums bleed when you brush? Do you think your breath may not be as fresh as you would like? Are there pockets in your month where food collects when you eat? These can all be indications of impending health issues, and without even realising you can be nurturing the onset of gum disease, a condition that is said to afflict 3 out of every 4 adults in the UK over the age of 35. An amazing statistic but the result of this condition, if left untreated, can be extremely severe not to mention the lack of confidence you feel because of it.

Quick Check

• Do your gums bleed when you brush?
• Are your gums red or swollen?
• Do you think you may have bad breath?
• Do you get an odd metallic taste in your mouth?
• Are your teeth becoming more sensitive?
• Do you have ‘pockets’ where food collects?
• Do your teeth feel loose?

You may be experiencing one or several of these symptoms but can all be resolved with professional help and guidance and can be avoided with good dental hygiene routines. A simple way to check for fresh breath is to lick the inside of your wrist – then sniff! This will give you an indication but trying to mask the problem is not the answer; by adopting an improved dental hygiene routine will help combat bad breath and bleeding gums so make sure your new best friend is your dental floss and you brush twice a day. If you follow this procedure with a reputable mouthwash you should feel and see noticeable signs of improvement within days.

Long term effects

If left unchecked this can lead to a host of other problems and not least teeth becoming loose which will result, in time, with teeth falling out if left untreated. You may be surprised to hear that this is the main cause of tooth loss in the UK and not tooth decay as most people assume.

The cause of all of these problems is plaque which can form a build-up on or between your teeth and is a sticky layer that forms when bacteria accumulates on the surface of the tooth. If it is left it hardens and forms tartar which is much tougher and resistant to cleaning and ultimately the gums will become inflamed and bleed. Smoking, pregnancy and diabetes also make you more susceptible to the effects of gum disease making it even more important to be extra vigilant with your dental hygiene routines.

Our Solution

Although a trip to see the hygienist may seem unnecessary it is really key if you are to keep your gums in the best of health and not store up trouble for the future, as these are your foundation to a healthy, confident smile for years to come!

For further tips and advice:

Cheltenham Dental Spa & Implant Clinic
1 Royal Crescent
GL50 3DB

T: 01242 238700