Gum disease, also referred to as gingivitis, occurs when there is inflammation of the tissue surrounding the teeth. Furthermore, it is most commonly caused by poor dental hygiene and its common issue can vary tremendously in severity.
What are the symptoms of gum disease?
First of all, there are a number of possible indicators that you might have gum disease, whether gingivitis or more advanced periodontitis. These symptoms include:
Swollen, inflamed gums
Pus coming from the gums
What causes gum disease?
Gum disease or gingivitis is mainly caused by poor oral hygiene, that results in bacteria to build up on the teeth and infect the gums. There are also other factors that can increase your risk of developing gingivitis, some of the factors include:
Smoking that prevents gums from healing.
Crooked or overlapping teeth that allow for more areas where plaque can hide.
Stress reduces the body’s immune response to bacteria.
Cancer treatment can cause the body to be more susceptible to infection and increase the risk of gum disease.
Hormonal changes during pregnancy, puberty or menopause, which causes the blood vessels in the gums to be more susceptible to bacteria.
A diet high in sugar and carbohydrates can increase the risk of plaque.
Certain medications can increase the risk of gum disease.
How to prevent gum disease?
Make regular visits to your dentist for a dental health check where your gums will be screened for signs of gum disease.
Similarly, regular appointments with your hygienist for a professional clean to remove any tarter and advise you on how you can maintain high standards at home.
Brush and clean in between your teeth twice daily to remove plaque from the surfaces of your teeth.
Reduce your risk by addressing factors such as smoking and controlling diabetes.
If you have any questions about gum disease or about our gum treatments, please contact our practice in Didsbury today to speak with any of our friendly and professional team on 0161 445 2397.
Parkfield Dental practice has a large patient list covering all South Manchester including; Hale, Bowden, Heaton Mersey, Heaton Moor, Cheadle Hulme and Gatley.
I have been a patient at this practice for over 25 years. First class service from the whole team. I highly recommend the practice to my own patients.
This is a really good dentist that I have been going to for years. All the staff have been friendly, efficient and professional.
I have followed Gill around for years...because she is the very best hygienist you'll ever find anywhere. I wouldn't be without her. I have total confidence and she gives endless reassurance re my teeth and gums. What an all round 5* STAR.
I have nothing but praise for Parkfield Dental Practice. I've been seeing Gill for many years and she has helped me keep my teeth and gums in good shape. I always feel confident that I will get the treatment I need when I go to see Jo. Thank you!
Very professional and friendly set up. Gill the hygienist is very experienced as is Mr Smith and on top of that the reception team are ultra efficient - text reminders of appointments as well. Just a really good dentist.
A terrific dental practice. Dr Smith is excellent and has great attention to detail, Gill is a great Hyiegenist and the reception staff are always welcoming. My teeth have never been better.
My partner has been seeing Jo and Gill for years as she had a lot of nervousness about dentists but thinks they are great. I'd not been to a dentist in 10 years but she persuaded me, I saw Dr Shah for a filling and was very happy with his professionalism and manner. I now go regularly like a good patient and would recommend them.
I have been seeing Jo for approximately 3 years now. She is very calming and trusting as she works and as someone who is a little nervous at the dentist this is extremely comforting. She has been great with my girls (3 and 5), they in fact LOVE going to the dentist. Her magic wand and chair have them mesmerised!
Wow! Never been to such an honest, professional practice, the dentist Joe was outstanding, she helped me achieve my confidence again. All the staff were second to none... I would definitely recommend this practice to everyone who is need of a dentist. Thanks parkfield team!
I had my first consultation today with Dr Shah. He did a very thorough examination and explained his findings and treatment plan clearly with the aid of photographs and x-ray pictures. Given the quality of the service the fees are very reasonable. Highly recommended.
I have been a patient at Parkfield Dental practice for over 35 years and have always received excellent service from the whole team. Ian smith and Jo are wonderful dentists and Gill is a superb hygienist. The whole team are so friendly and helpful. I can't recommend them highly enough. Thank you
After an accident to my seven year old boy’s adult front tooth, Jo and Jade are the superheroes in his eyes. Thank you Jo and Jade for making his visit relaxing, stress-free and enjoyable. You are simply fabulous!