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Gum Disease

Inflamed, Irritated, Bleeding Gums?

Relax and read on to find out how we can help you maintain long-lasting smile

It is widely understood within dentistry that healthy gums are the foundation of a beautiful, long-lasting smile. Your gums (or gingiva) act as a foundation, anchor and firm base in which healthy teeth will thrive. If gums are well maintained, with both professional cleaning and a robust home care regime, there is no reason why your teeth cannot last you a lifetime.

There are two main stages of gum disease:

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How to know if you have gum disease?

Although there are many signs and symptoms of gum disease, some symptoms are very subtle in the early stages of the disease and can often go unnoticed for some time as patients learn to live with a ‘minor irritation’. However, the sad fact is that if gum disease is left untreated, it can develop into advanced periodontal disease and eventual tooth loss.

Some of the most common signs you may notice can be:

  • Puffy, swollen gums
  • Gums that appear red
  • Bleeding gums when brushing
  • Gum recession (and the gradual appearance of ‘longer teeth’)
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Noticeable presence of plaque or tartar

If you start to notice your gums starting to feel tender and swollen, it is always important to get it checked out by a professional as soon as possible. The earlier gum disease is spotted, the easier it will be to treat (and cheaper), and the less destructive the effects will be. One of the easiest symptoms to spot is bleeding – especially during flossing and brushing.

Remember: Healthy gums do not bleed. If you ever notice bleeding when brushing or flossing, do not stop your oral hygiene, as this will be helping to fight off any bacteria.

Treating Gum Disease at Ascent Dental Care

With professional care and the right approach, gum disease is straightforward and inexpensive to prevent.

At Ascent Dental Care, we have an experienced hygiene team dedicated to providing healthy gums, fresh breath and optimum oral hygiene to prevent gum disease and advanced periodontal disease. Our dedicated professionals have a special interest in your gums and are trained to assess and treat this area of your mouth exclusively.

How to treat gum disease continued…

Early signs of gum disease can usually be treated with 2-4 intensive professional cleaning visits. During these sessions, we will also show you the very best way to care for your teeth and gums at home and provide you with a bespoke homecare regime designed to keep gum disease at bay for good. The sooner we can diagnose gum disease, the easier and cheaper it will be to treat.

The experienced hygiene team at Ascent Dental Care will create a bespoke treatment and maintenance package designed to:

  • Eliminate the bacterial toxins
  • Remove build-up of hardened plaque (calculus)
  • Remove infection
  • Disinfect the gum tissue
  • Implement & monitor an intensive home care regime based on individual needs
  • Provide regular ‘deep cleaning’ treatments (usually 3-monthly)

In most cases, a periodontal ‘treatment & maintenance” package will keep the symptoms of periodontal disease at bay and prevent further damage and tooth loss.

Professional Dental Cleaning at Ascent Dental Care

Hygienists do not just ‘clean teeth’; they are a crucial part of our dental team and work closely with the dentists to ensure that patients retain a healthy smile for as long as possible. The dentist and hygienist will assess the individual needs of our patients and will work together, where necessary, to provide a treatment plan and options bespoke to each patient based on individual needs.

Dazzling teeth, fresher breath and squeaky-clean gums

Benefits of visiting our hygienists at Ascent Dental Care:

  • Protects and maintains any complex dentistry such as dental implants or veneers
  • Prevents gum disease
  • It helps to maintain patients who have periodontal disease effectively
  • Recommendations of the very best oral hygiene products
  • Fresh breath
  • Cleaner and whiter teeth
  • A preventative approach to your entire dental health
  • Monitor diet and sugar intake
  • Help with smoking cessation

Whilst flossing between the teeth and brushing twice a day will help to remove the build-up of deposits, it is recommended that patients visit the hygienist every 3-6 months. A professional clean ensures the removal of bacteria and toxins from hard-to-reach areas that brushing alone will not reach.

Quick and Painless Frenectomy Procedures at Ascent Dental Care

Suppose you’re suffering from your tongue or lip being attached to the soft tissue in your mouth. In that case, our dentists offer frenectomy treatment, which removes the extra tissue restricting movement in your mouth.

There are three types of frenectomies that we offer at Ascent Dental Care, including:

  • Lingual frenectomy – referring to the removal of soft tissue attached to the tongue
  • Labial frenectomy – referring to the removal of soft tissue attached to the lips – and can be quite a standard treatment for patients undergoing periodontal, orthodontic, denture treatments
  • A frenectomy can also be performed to remove soft tissue that is attached to the gingival tissue (between two teeth)

Frenectomies can be performed on both adults and children, so if you think you may require a frenectomy, please do not hesitate to arrange your FREE consultation with the dental professionals at Ascent Dental Care. We will examine your current condition, listen to your needs, and discuss the most suitable options with you.

Are you worried about your gum health? Maybe you have been told that you suffer from bad breath? Or you may have been diagnosed with periodontal disease? Whatever your concern, find your nearest Ascent Dental Care practice and book your FREE consultation today!

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