Category: Gum Disease

How often should you visit the dentist?

Do you visit the dentist as often as you need to? The majority of people in the UK now attend at least one dental check-up a year, whilst most people believe that the optimum number of visits is two per year.

oral-healthHowever, every patient’s needs are different. Some need to come more frequently, whilst others don’t have to be seen so often. You should always ask your dentist’s advice and follow what they tell you.

Southend Dental Care offers a full spectrum of general and preventative dental services, and welcomes new patients of all ages for consultations. We accept both NHS and private clients, and you will be provided with the highest standards of care at all times, whatever your requirements.

The importance of general dental check-ups

Many oral health conditions, such as gum disease and tooth decay, have few early warning signs for you to spot at home. By the time tooth decay leads to pain, or gum disease to bleeding when you brush your teeth, the conditions could already be well established.

At Southend Dental Care your dentist will use early detection techniques to spot any indicators of tooth decay and gum disease even before you have noticed anything yourself. This will include using x-rays to look inside your tooth, beneath any existing crowns or fillings, and underneath the gum line.

When conditions are spotted early they are usually far simpler and quicker to treat. Tooth decay and gum disease can both lead to tooth loss if left untreated, so it is always essential to intervene as early as possible.

At our Southend clinic we also perform mouth cancer checks as standard. Oral cancers still claim more than 2,000 lives in the UK every year, and the saddest thing is that many of these cases could have been prevented, or fully cured if caught early.

Again, oral cancer often has few symptoms that are noticeable by the sufferer, but a dentist is in a prime position to spot the early warning signs. Should your dentist find anything of concern, they will refer you urgently to a hospital specialist for further investigation.

What Is the Connection between Gum Disease and General Health?

One of the main reasons why we encourage patients to visit our dentist in South Benfleet at regular intervals is to check for signs of disease. While it’s easy to assume that tooth decay is one of the main oral health problems we are looking for, gum disease is far more of an issue and is a major cause of tooth loss. Even worse, gum disease could affect your general health.

gum-diseaseHow Gum Disease Can Affect Your General Health

Over the past few years there has been increasing interest into the link between gum disease and other serious health conditions that include rheumatoid arthritis, some cancers, diabetes and heart disease. At the moment researchers aren’t quite sure of the exact link but it’s thought to be due to the fact that gum disease is an inflammatory condition that causes gums to bleed, allowing bacteria that cause this condition to get into your bloodstream and to travel freely around your body.

Once these bacteria have got into your bloodstream, it’s thought they are able to create new sites of inflammation in your body. With a disease like diabetes this can be a real problem, making it more difficult to control blood sugar levels. What’s even worse is that diabetics are more at risk of developing gum disease as poorly controlled blood sugar levels lead to an increase of glucose in saliva, providing the perfect fuel for the bacteria that cause gum disease.

What Causes Gum Disease?

Gum disease is caused by bacteria building up over your teeth and gums and is generally due to a failure to brush and floss properly. If you don’t brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once-a-day, then it’s highly likely some bacteria will remain in a sticky layer called plaque. Unfortunately plaque soon hardens into tartar and can only be removed by a South Benfleet dentist or hygienist during a scale and polish. Both plaque and tartar release toxins that infect and inflame your gums.

How We Can Help You

Every patient who comes to visit us here at South Benfleet Dental Care will receive a full dental assessment where we will assess your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. We also need to know a bit about your medical history as this can affect your risk levels. All this information is used to provide you with a personalised treatment plan designed to reduce your risk of gum disease and other oral health conditions using the most up-to-date and effective preventative dental care treatments available today. If you do have a condition that affects your immune system, such as diabetes, then we can work closely with you to lower your risk of gum disease. It’s quite possible we may suggest you come in more frequently than every six months or that you see a hygienist every few months to have your teeth professionally cleaned as this is a great preventative dental care treatment.

If you ever notice the early signs of gum disease such as bleeding gums or gum recession, then we do urge you to contact our South Benfleet dentist as soon as you can. Early treatment can eradicate this disease, but if it progresses then it can become chronic. Contact us to book your appointment on 01268 793485. Alternatively you can book online at

Looking Long in the Tooth? Learn Why Gum Recession Can Be a Cause for Concern

If you have noticed your teeth look longer than you remember then you might have wondered what is going on, or whether you need to do anything about it. Teeth can look longer when gums begin to recede, exposing more of the tooth and even the tooth root. Often when gum recession occurs it can create pockets or gaps in between your teeth and gums, and if recession is substantial then these pockets can be pretty deep. The problem with gum pockets or periodontal pockets is that they can be very difficult to keep clean and are the perfect home for disease causing bacteria. Without treatment these bacteria can ultimately affect the tissues and structures surrounding your teeth and may even result in tooth loss.

gum-diseaseGum recession often occurs quite gradually making it easy to ignore, but one of the very first signs can be noticing your teeth feel more sensitive than normal and you may notice a notch in your tooth around the gum line. These are all signs that you should visit a dentist in Ladbroke Grove as soon as possible as we can provide suitable treatments to help halt gum recession and to repair gum and bone tissue. So why do gums begin to recede?

Common causes include:

  • Brushing your teeth too aggressively as this can actually wear away your gum tissue. Additionally brushing your teeth too hard can wear away your tooth enamel, increasing tooth sensitivity. Ideally you should be using a soft to medium bristled toothbrush and you really don’t need to brush very hard to keep your teeth thoroughly clean.
  • Inadequate dental care where you fail to brush and floss properly can soon allow plaque to build up on your teeth and gums. Plaque contains disease-causing bacteria and it soon hardens into calculus or tartar. This is the substance that is scaled or scraped away by your hygienist or dentist in Ladbroke Grove during a professional dental cleaning.
  • Gum disease is another common cause of gum recession and is due to the bacterial infection caused by plaque bacteria that will gradually destroy your gums and the ligaments and bone around your teeth. This is the main reason why gums recede.
  • Hormonal changes can also affect your gums, particularly if you’re female as there are substantial fluctuations during puberty, pregnancy and during the menopause. These hormonal changes increase the gums sensitivity towards plaque bacteria, making gum recession and gum disease more of a risk.
  • Smoking increases the risk of poor oral health and gum recession, as nicotine makes it easier for plaque to stick to the teeth. Additionally nicotine helps to constrict the blood vessels supplying your gums, making it more difficult for your body to remove toxins and to provide the nutrients essential for gums to heal and fight infection.
  • Tooth grinding and clenching, a habit called bruxism will put pressure on your teeth and gums, causing gum recession.

When you visit our dentist then we can soon diagnose the reason for your gum recession and will recommend the most suitable treatments to halt the progression of this disease. If you are looking long in the tooth then please give Ladbroke Grove Dental Care a call today so we can book your appointment. You can phone us on 020 7727 9836 or if it’s easier you can book online at

Do You Think You Might Have Gum Disease?

Are you concerned you might have gum disease? This is a widespread problem that can without treatment become chronic, meaning it can never be entirely cured but instead will require ongoing treatments to control it. Gum disease is one of the reasons why our dentist in Clacton recommends preventative dental care. Even though many people will develop some form of gum disease during their lifetime, it’s definitely avoidable with the correct dental care. So what are the most common signs of gum disease?

gum-diseaseSymptoms You Need to Be Aware of

One of the most common symptoms of gum disease is having gums that bleed when you brush or floss. If you notice this occurring then it’s time for you to take action, as the sooner you get treatment, the more likely it is that our Clacton dentist can completely cure your gum disease. The earliest symptoms of gum disease are called gingivitis and at this stage you might also notice that your gums begin to look slightly red and swollen.

Gum disease is caused by a bacterial infection that develops when bacteria are allowed to build up in the mouth, usually as a result of poor oral hygiene. These bacteria thrive on leftover food debris and as their numbers increase, they produce toxins that inflame and infect the gums.

As the disease progresses then it’s likely your gums will begin to pull away from your teeth. This creates gum pockets or periodontal pockets and these are a problem for your dental health because they allow the bacteria that cause gum disease to thrive. Without prompt treatment the bacterial infection will spread, destroying the ligaments holding your teeth in your sockets as well as the bone surrounding your teeth. In time you may notice your teeth begin to come loose, or your bite may change as your teeth shift position.

Why You Need to Take Action If You Think You Have Gum Disease

If you think you might have gum disease or it’s been a while since you have seen a dentist in Clacton then it’s a great idea to book a check-up and a professional cleaning with our hygienist. Our dentist will soon be able to determine if you do have any symptoms of gum disease and will suggest the most appropriate treatments to eliminate or control it. In its early stages, gingivitis can often be cured by having your teeth professionally cleaned but treatment is much more complex if the disease has progressed into periodontitis or advanced gum disease. However there are a number of procedures that can help and which include having your gums deep cleaned to remove much of the bacterial infection, and there are also surgical treatments that can help repair some of the damage caused by periodontitis.

Another important reason for avoiding gum disease is that it will help to protect your general health. Unfortunately gum disease has been linked with a considerable number of general health problems including heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, some cancers and diabetes.

The good news is that gum disease is preventable and once you have healthy gums then it’s relatively easy to maintain them and this is where Clacton Dental Care can help you. To book your check-up give us a call on 01255 221001 or if you prefer you can contact us through our website at

Gum Disease and the Signs You Need to Be Aware of

We know many people regard tooth decay as being the main threat to their dental health, but in fact gum disease is far more serious and prevalent and is the main cause of tooth loss. Even worse, gum disease is often called the ‘silent disease’ because the early symptoms are very easy to ignore. Read on to discover the type of symptoms that might indicate you have gum disease and discover why it’s so important to take quick action.

gum-diseaseWhat Causes Gum Disease?

Gum disease is a bacterial infection that is caused by bacteria building up over the surface of your teeth and gums, normally because of poor oral hygiene. These bacteria thrive and multiply on leftover particles of food and as they do so they produce toxins which will infect your gums. This prompts your body to try to fight the infection, producing inflammation in your gums which is very destructive.

Eventually gum disease will destroy the gum tissue as well as the ligaments holding your teeth in their sockets and the bone surrounding your teeth. It’s vital to catch gum disease at an early stage when it is easily treatable and can be completely cured by our Harrow dentist. Things become much more serious if the early signs are ignored, as without treatment the early stage of gum disease which is called gingivitis, can easily develop into periodontitis and may become chronic.

Symptoms That Something Might Be Wrong with Your Gums

Gums that bleed whenever you brush or floss are a big sign that something is wrong. Healthy gums should be strong and firm to touch and do not bleed easily. Other symptoms include gums that look redder than you remember and the gum tissue may be shiny and swollen. If the disease has progressed then you may well notice your teeth look longer than before and that some of the tooth roots have become exposed.

This is due to the bacterial infection destroying gum tissue and causing the gums to pull away from your teeth. The effect of your gums pulling away from your teeth is to create periodontal pockets or gum pockets which are gaps in between your teeth and your gums. These are very difficult to keep clean and can harbour large amounts of bacteria. In cases of periodontitis, it’s possible these gum pockets may produce pus. You might notice you have bad breath or that you have a persistently nasty taste in your mouth.

Getting Treatment for Gum Disease

If you think your gums might be infected or if it’s been a while since you visited a dentist in Harrow, then we’d urge you to come and see us here at Imperial Dental Care. Our dentist can quickly diagnose the problem and will recommend the most suitable treatments. Early gum disease can often be completely cured just by having your teeth professionally cleaned and improving your oral care at home. Periodontitis is a different matter and treatment may need to be ongoing to help control it. It’s vital to try to keep your gums healthy and strong because this helps to protect your general health by preventing the bacteria in your mouth from getting into your bloodstream through bleeding gums. Gum disease has been linked to numerous serious health conditions that include diabetes and heart disease.

Call us today to book your appointment on 020 8427 2264 or if you prefer you can book an appointment online at

Learn More about Gum Disease

How much do you know about gum disease? Unless you have suffered from this condition then the answer is probably not very much but unfortunately gum disease is quite prevalent and will affect many people to some degree or other during the course of their lifetime. It is a condition that we take extremely seriously here at Southend Dental Care and is one of the reasons why we like to see you every six months for regular check-ups and is why we strongly suggest that you keep up with regular hygiene appointments. So what is gum disease?

gum-diseaseGum disease is a bacterial infection that is normally caused by poor oral hygiene. Every day bacteria build up in your mouth, causing a sticky plaque bacteria biofilm to form over the surfaces of your teeth. This plaque biofilm produces toxins that will infect and inflame your gums and even worse, if not thoroughly removed during brushing and flossing will soon harden into a substance called tartar which will continue to infect your gums.

What Are the Symptoms of Gum Disease?

Common symptoms of gum disease include gums that look rather red or swollen and they may even feel a bit tender when you touch them. You might notice they begin to bleed when you brush or floss. As the disease progresses, you may notice your teeth begin to look a bit longer than before because the gums have begun to pull away from your teeth. This has the effect of causing pockets in between your gums and your teeth. The thing about these pockets is that they can be very difficult to keep thoroughly clean and create the ideal conditions for bacteria to thrive. At this stage you have a condition called periodontal disease which is far more serious than the early signs of gum disease which is a condition called gingivitis.

How Dental Treatment Can HelpPrevent Gum Disease

The good news is that gum disease is entirely preventable and we can work with you to make sure your gums always remain strong and healthy. By coming to see our dentist in Southend at regular intervals, we can soon pick up on the very early signs of gum disease and will prescribe the most suitable treatment, hopefully before it has caused any permanent damage to your gums. Regular visits to our hygienist are also extremely important as a scale and polish will remove all hardened plaque or tartar from your teeth, reducing the risk of gum infection. At the same time you will find our hygienist is great at helping you improve your oral hygiene routine at home. By carefully assessing your gums, they can tell you any areas you might be missing out when brushing or flossing and can advise you on the best tools to use and can even show you some different techniques.

If you recognise some of the symptoms of gum disease, particularly if your gums have begun to bleed, then we urge you to come and see us as soon as you can. Gum disease can cause tooth loss and even worse it can affect your general health because the bacteria in your mouth can enter into your bloodstream through your bleeding gums. Call us today to book your appointment with our dentist in Southend on 01702 465000.

What Does It Mean If Your Gums Begin to Bleed?

Did you notice your gums were bleeding slightly when you last brushed or flossed or maybe they have begun to bleed at other times? When this happens quite a few people assume that their gums have become injured in some way and need to be left alone to heal. As a result they may stop brushing and flossing or will only brush very gingerly. In a way you could describe bleeding gums as being injured, as they could well be infected with a condition called periodontal disease and not brushing or flossing is the worst thing you can do for them.

What Is Periodontal Disease?

periodontal diseaseThis disease is a bacterial infection and it is caused by plaque bacteria in the mouth. It can occur when these bacteria are able to build up to such levels that your body is unable to fight back, resulting in the gums becoming infected and inflamed and eventually beginning to bleed. Normally these levels of plaque bacteria are controlled by regular brushing and flossing and periodontal disease often develops as a result of poor oral hygiene.

What Are the Symptoms of Periodontal Disease?

Common symptoms of periodontal disease include noticing your gums bleed or that they may look swollen or red or maybe hurt or feel tender to touch. When the condition becomes more advanced, you may begin to notice your gums have receded, making your teeth look longer than before. In the worst case your teeth may feel loose as gum disease gradually destroys gum tissue and the bone surrounding teeth. Eventually there will be no other option but to remove these teeth.

Periodontal disease is an extremely serious condition and we encourage anyone who has bleeding gums to come and see our dentist in Watton as soon as possible. We can quickly diagnose this problem and will recommend the most suitable treatments to help clear up the bacterial infection. This will normally involve seeing our hygienist for either a regular scale and polish or a more intensive treatment called scaling and root planning, which deep cleans your gums and is extremely good for treating periodontal disease.

Maintaining Healthy Gums

Once your gums have been cleaned, you will be given lots of advice by our dentist in Watton on how to control this condition. This will usually mean stepping up your oral hygiene routine and paying much more attention to how you brush and floss. Our hygienist can also help you improve your oral hygiene routine with personalised instructions on how to brush and floss more effectively. We often find that people are using the same techniques they learned as children and updating them can make the world of difference.

It is important not to ignore any symptoms of gum disease as this condition can also impact your general health, increasing your risk of developing serious health conditions or worsening any that may already be present. If you noticed blood on your toothbrush this morning then we urge you to contact Clarence House Dental Care and to book an appointment to see our dentist in Watton. Call us on 01953 882777.

What Is Gum Disease and What Does It Mean for Your Teeth?

Gum disease is a bacterial infection that deserves to be taken very seriously. Unfortunately gum disease is extremely common and it is one of the reasons why we thoroughly recommend regular check-ups and professional cleanings here at Ladbroke Grove Dental Care.

A Quick Explanation about Gum Disease

gum deseaseEach day plaque bacteria build up over your teeth and gums. Most are removed through regular brushing and flossing but any that remain can quickly begin to colonise your gums, producing toxins that will inflame and infect them. One of the earliest signs of gum disease is noticing your gums begin to bleed, although not everyone with gum disease will have this symptom. Ideally, our dentist in Ladbroke Grove prefers to catch gum disease at this early stage which is called gingivitis because it is still completely curable and will not have caused any extensive damage to your gums.

However if it progresses it becomes a condition called periodontitis which is considerably more serious and it will do far more damage to your gums and the bone surrounding your teeth. As the disease develops, you will notice your gums begin to pull away from your teeth, creating the effect that your teeth are longer than they really are as the tooth roots become exposed. As the bacterial infection begins to destroy the bone around your teeth, they will eventually come loose. This is why gum disease is the most common reason for tooth loss, not just here in the UK but worldwide.

Treating Gum Disease

If you have gingivitis then treatment is pretty straightforward and non-invasive. You will need to see our hygienist to have your teeth thoroughly cleaned. This is because plaque bacteria that have built up on your teeth will have hardened into a substance called calculus and which can only be removed by being scraped or scaled away. If your gum disease is more severe, our dentist in Ladbroke Grove might need to deep clean your gums during a process called scaling and root planing. This is similar to a normal scale and polish but cleans out the pockets in between your teeth in your gums that have developed as the gums pulled away from your teeth. It is very effective but treatment may need to be ongoing to help control this condition. Sometimes to help kill off more bacteria, we will place topical antibiotics into the gum pockets. The aim is to help shrink these gum pockets so they are easier to keep clean and to prevent any further damage to your gums and the bone surrounding your teeth.

Severe periodontitis may need specialised care from a periodontist who has received advanced training in treating gum conditions. These days there are a lot of different techniques that can be done to help rebuild the bone and gum tissue that has been destroyed with gum disease.

Our dentist in Ladbroke Grove would far rather things never got to this stage and regular professional dental care combined with good oral hygiene routine at home can keep your gums healthy and strong. Gum disease might be very common but there is no reason for you to develop it.

If you are at all concerned you might have gum disease then please book an appointment with our dentist in Ladbroke Grove soon as you can as it is vital to catch this condition early on. Call us on 020 7727 9836.

Why Your Teeth Need Healthy Gums

People often think about good dental health as being all about having healthy teeth. While this is certainly important, good gum health is often overlooked. In fact healthy gums are vital for healthy teeth. Without the support of your gums, your teeth will soon become loose, no matter how white and healthy they may look. Here at Imperial Dental Care we take good gum health extremely seriously and will encourage you to have the strongest and healthiest gums you can with our preventative dental care plans. Whenever you visit us for dental exams and hygiene appointments, we will be checking for the very first signs of gum disease as this condition is unfortunately all too common and can have serious effects on your dental and general health.

What Is Gum Disease?

imperial dental careGum disease is a bacterial infection caused by bacteria in your mouth. It is normally caused by poor oral hygiene although certain people with immune deficiencies or other medical conditions may be more at risk. Each day a layer of sticky plaque builds up over your teeth and you can probably feel it if you run your tongue over your teeth. Plaque contains bacteria and will soon harden into a substance called calculus which cannot be removed through regular brushing and flossing. Calculus releases toxins that will inflame and infect your gums, causing gum disease. The actual infection causes your gums to begin to bleed and eventually they will begin to pull away from your teeth, creating pockets in between your teeth in your gums that become a haven for even more bacteria to build up. Eventually teeth will become loose and it may be impossible for your Harrow dentist to save them.

The Potential Effect on Your General Health

As well as affecting your teeth, gum disease could impact your general health. There has been extensive clinical research into the way gum disease or periodontal disease can impact general health and it has been connected to many serious illnesses which include heart disease and diabetes. It’s thought the connection between gum disease and these diseases is due to the inflammatory nature of periodontal disease which can worsen existing health conditions or increase your risk of developing health problems.

How We Can Help You

Regular dental examinations enable us to pick up the very earliest signs of gum disease when it is a condition called gingivitis. At this stage gingivitis is completely curable, often quite easily by having your teeth professionally cleaned and by improving your oral hygiene routine at home. If your gum disease has advanced into periodontal disease then we can still help you by providing the very latest treatments or if necessary referring you to a periodontist who specialises in treating gum problems. Treatment for advanced periodontal disease is a lot more involved and is likely to be ongoing.

If you notice your gums have become red or swollen or that they bleed frequently when you brush or floss, then please make an appointment to come and see our Harrow dentist for a proper diagnosis. Other symptoms include bad breath or noticing your gums have begun to recede. The sooner we can see you, the better the chances of clearing up this condition so call us on 020 8427 2264.

Tooth Grinding and Clenching and its Effect on Your Dental Health

You may find yourself occasionally clenching or grinding your teeth in anger or frustration as most of us do it occasionally and this is extremely unlikely to do any lasting damage to your teeth. It can be a different story when someone has a clenching and grinding habit, a condition called bruxism and which occurs on a regular basis. The major problem with bruxism is that it tends to occur during sleep and it is possible to be completely unaware you have this habit until it begins to cause you dental problems.

What Causes Bruxism?

tooth grindingBruxism can sometimes be caused by stress and anxiety, so if stress is affecting you then it is worth considering ways to try to reduce it to help save your teeth. However bruxism can also be caused by other conditions such as having an abnormal bite, crooked or missing teeth or it can be due to a sleep disorder called sleep apnoea.

Symptoms Caused by Tooth Grinding and Clenching

Grinding or clenching your teeth puts considerable pressure on your temporomandibular joints which are the joints responsible for moving your lower jaw. As a result they can become inflamed and painful and you may notice it is difficult to move your jaw without feeling discomfort. Other symptoms include aching teeth or noticing that your teeth look increasingly worn down and chipped. Bruxism can also affect the gums, causing gum recession. Tooth grinding and clenching can cause a dull headache that is difficult to get rid of or facial pain that extends down into your neck and shoulders. If you grind your teeth severely then it can lead to them becoming considerably shorter and worn down, affecting the appearance of your face due to the loss of dimensions.

How Can I Find out If I Have This Problem?

It’s possible that your sleeping partner may have commented that you’re making a noise during sleep as bruxism isn’t always a very quiet habit. The best way to find out for sure is to visit South Benfleet Dental Care for a proper examination. Our dentist will soon be able to tell if you have this condition and can help determine its cause. If it is due to a bite problem, then correcting this could be sufficient to get rid of your bruxism. Otherwise a very common treatment is to have a custom-made mouth guard or night guard.

This is made from a tough, hard plastic and fits tightly over your teeth, usually your upper teeth. It is carefully shaped so as not to obstruct your breathing and you should find it perfectly comfortable to wear overnight. Preventing your teeth from contacting will stop damage caused by bruxism and will help break this habit.

It’s important that you seek help from a South Benfleet dentist if you think you might have bruxism as this condition can be very destructive and in the worst case could even lead to tooth loss. Contact us to book a consultation by phoning 01268 793485.