This usually indicates that there is plaque around your gum margins which is not effectively brushed and flossed off.
Plaque is the soft and invisible film which accumulates around your teeth and gums after you eat. If this plaque is not brushed and flossed off daily, it turns into calculus (tartar). Calculus traps more plaque which hardens into more calculus, thus causing a vicious cycle of harmful bacteria in your mouth.
“Gum disease” exists around natural and implant teeth if they are not brushed and flossed effectively. Gum disease is a spectrum of problems: on the lower scale you may have symptoms like bleeding gums and halitosis (bad breath) but the gum disease may be easily treated; on the extreme scale you may present with no symptoms but have advanced gum disease. We have got treatment options for all types of gum problems.
Eventually, you may get bone loss around your teeth and they may become loose. Gum disease can present itself as a painless issue, so it is important you visit us for regular check-ups.
- Brush daily
- Use an electric toothbrush
- Clean in-between your teeth using floss and interdental brush sticks
- Cutting down on smoking
- We will advise you on a bespoke care plan on how to look after your teeth and to avoid major dental problems
- See us for professional hygiene cleaning
Mouthwash may inhibit the formation of further plaque deposits, but the only way to get rid of plaque is with professional dental cleaning and good oral hygiene techniques.
This is called gingivitis. You are brushing off the plaque from your inflamed gums and irritating the gums, thus causing bleeding. Book in a professional consultation so that we can help you with this aspect.
Factors may include:
- Poor oral hygiene technique
- Certain medication can aggravate gums problems
- Ill-fitting fillings
- Over-contoured crowns with bulky ledges near your gum margin
Factors may include:
- Gum disease
- Brushing too hard/incorrectly
- Using the wrong tooth brush
- Ill-fitting fillings and crowns
- Acute Necrotising Ulcerative Gingivitis: an aggressive form of gum disease
- Dentures which act as gum-stripper