Category: Periodontal Disease

What Is Periodontal Disease and How Does This Affect Your Teeth?

Periodontal disease is gum disease and without healthy gums you are in danger of losing your teeth. This is a bacterial infection that will destroy your gums and eventually the other structures holding your teeth in place which include ligaments and bone. In fact, periodontal disease is the main cause of tooth loss and is extremely serious.

periodontal-diseaseIt’s just one of the reasons why we strongly suggest patients come to see our Watton dentist at regular six monthly intervals. Periodontal disease is often referred to as being a silent disease, which means the very earliest signs of it are easily overlooked but can soon be detected by a dentist.

What Causes Periodontal Disease?

The main cause of periodontal disease is a lack of oral hygiene. If you fail to brush and floss regularly and thoroughly then it’s far more likely that your gums will become infected. Every day a layer of sticky plaque builds up over the surface of your teeth. Plaque contains the bacteria that cause gum disease and unless it is removed through brushing and flossing will soon harden into tartar. This is a hard, yellowish substance that can only be removed by a hygienist or dentist in Watton during a scale and polish. The problem with tartar is that it releases toxins and it is these that infect and inflame your gums.

What Are the Signs That I Might Have Periodontal Disease?

One of the first signs is noticing your gums have begun to bleed or that they look red or swollen. However not everyone’s gums will bleed, particularly if you smoke as nicotine constricts the blood vessels that would normally cause bleeding. Other symptoms include persistent bad breath and eventually you might begin to notice your teeth look longer than before due to gum recession. This gum recession can cause deep pockets to form in between your gums and your teeth and these pockets may contain pus. Eventually you may begin to find that your teeth don’t bite together quite as they should because they have begun to loosen and shift position.

Early Treatment Can Eradicate Periodontal Disease

This is the good news as periodontal disease is completely curable when caught early on and is why it’s vital not to ignore any signs or symptoms that something might be wrong with your gums. If you do visit our Watton dentist at regular intervals then it’s far more likely that any early symptoms will be quickly detected and at a stage when treatment is quick and non-invasive. Often it can be as simple as having your teeth and gums professionally deep cleaned and improving your oral hygiene routine. We can give you lots of advice on how to do this and good dental care at home really is very simple when you know the right techniques and have the right tools. Severe periodontal disease is a completely different matter and can be chronic; meaning our dentist in Watton will need to see you at regular intervals to keep it under control. There’s also the possibility that you may lose teeth.

If it has been a while since you’ve visited a dentist then why not contact Clarence House Dental Care to book a check-up with one of our dentists? There’s no need to worry if you haven’t visited a dentist for a while as we are only interested in helping you achieve good dental health. Call us on 01953 882777 or alternatively you can contact us through our website at

Learn Why Bleeding Gums Could Be a Cause for Concern

If your gums bled last time you brushed or flossed then you might have just disregarded it as being one of those things or maybe you decided not to brush or floss for a bit to let your gums heal up. Unfortunately bleeding gums are often a sign that something is wrong. It is possible that perhaps you brushed a bit too hard, but it’s also likely that your gums are infected and require urgent treatment before this condition worsens.

periodontal-diseaseWhy Do Gums Bleed?

If you use a very hard bristled toothbrush and it’s just possible that you could be brushing your teeth too vigorously, causing your gums to bleed. However if your oral hygiene is not quite at it’s best then it’s possible that bacterial levels in your mouth have increased to such an extent that your gums have become infected. Failing to brush and floss regularly allows bacteria to build up and the problem is that these bacteria produce toxins that infect and inflame your gums. This can quickly lead to the early signs of gum disease which is a condition called gingivitis. At this stage your gums may just look a little bit red or swollen or might feel slightly tender and they may begin to bleed.

Treating Gingivitis

The good thing about gingivitis is that it can be easily treated by our dentist in South Benfleet and is completely curable. Treatment is likely to involve having your teeth professionally cleaned by our hygienist to remove all the plaque bacteria and tartar from your teeth. Getting rid of these toxin producing bacteria gives your gums a good chance to heal. We can also work with you to help improve your oral hygiene routine as it is important to make sure that you thoroughly brush your teeth at least twice a day and you must floss once-a-day even though initially this could be slightly uncomfortable and may well make your gums bleed. It should only be a matter of a few weeks until your gums begin to look healthier and as they become stronger they will cease bleeding. So what happens if you ignore these early symptoms?

Untreated Gingivitis Can Develop into Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is an entirely different matter and can become chronic meaning our South Benfleet dentist can only control the symptoms and will not be able to completely eliminate this condition. Periodontal disease is very destructive, leading to gum tissue loss and potentially the loss of bone around your teeth. This can leave your teeth feeling loose and we may have no option but to remove them. Unfortunately periodontal disease can also affect your general health as bacteria in your mouth can get into your body through your bleeding gums.

This is why we urge everyone to come to South Benfleet Dental Care at six monthly intervals for check-ups and professional cleanings with our hygienist. Regular dental care with our South Benfleet dentist can help detect the early signs of gum disease before it can cause permanent damage.

If you woke up with bleeding gums this morning then we urge you to contact us on 01268 793485. Taking action now could save your teeth and your health.

Pregnant? Let Us Keep You Smiling

Pregnancy should be a time of joy but it’s also a time when you need to take good care of yourself and that includes your dental health. While many women will pay extra attention to their diet in order to make sure their growing baby has everything they need to develop, they may not take such care looking after their teeth and gums. In fact the need for good dental care is increased during pregnancy due to the hormonal changes that take place.

How Pregnancy Affects Your Dental Health

downham-market-dental-careIncreases in hormones such as progesterone increase the sensitivity of your gum tissue to plaque bacteria. This increase in sensitivity amplifies any response to toxins produced by these bacteria, unfortunately increasing the risk of inflamed gums. There is even a name for this condition as it is called pregnancy gingivitis and can cause the gums to become red and swollen and you may notice they begin to bleed whenever you brush your teeth. This condition can begin to develop as soon as the second month of pregnancy and continues until your baby is born. Things can be even worse if you already have any form of gum disease as there is a greater risk of gum disease or periodontal disease becoming more severe. Advanced periodontal disease has also been linked in a number of clinical studies to premature births and low birthweight babies.

How We Can Help You

Ideally, our dentist in Downham Market would love to see you before you become pregnant and it’s a great idea to get a full dental check-up before you begin trying for a baby. This way we can make sure you don’t have any untreated dental problems such as tooth decay or gum disease and can provide the appropriate treatment before your pregnancy commences. If you are already pregnant then don’t delay and book an appointment to come and see us as soon as you can.

During your pregnancy our dentist in Downham Market is likely to want to keep a close eye on your dental health to check for any signs of pregnancy gingivitis. Regular check-ups will help us pick up any early signs as soon as possible and if we feel that you are more risk of pregnancy gingivitis then we may suggest you book more frequent appointments with our hygienist. This is because a regular scale and polish will remove plaque and calculus. These substances are responsible for producing the toxins that inflame your gums and cause gum disease and pregnancy gingivitis. By regularly removing them, we can help keep your teeth and gums in great condition right throughout your pregnancy.

If you suffer from morning sickness then we can also offer practical advice on how to deal with this until it passes. We strongly recommend keeping a small dental kit with you so you can freshen up after being ill. It is best to rinse your mouth with plain water immediately after suffering from morning sickness but wait at least half an hour before brushing as this allows pH levels in your mouth to normalise, decreasing the risk of acid erosion.

If you are pregnant or are thinking of starting a family then please call Downham Market Dental Care to book your appointment today. You can phone us on 01366 382265.

How Could Regular Dental Care Help Your Smile?

If you haven’t visited a dentist in Downham Market for a while then it’s well worth considering making an appointment as soon as you can. Regular dental care can help improve your dental health and even has the ability to affect your general health. In addition, it’s just nice to know that your teeth are being properly looked after so your smile always looks its best and your breath is generally fresh. So what could regular dental care do for you?

What Happens during a General Checkup?

dentist in Downham MarketWhen you visit a dentist in Downham Market for your regular checkup then they will want to know if there have been any changes to your general health or if you have begun taking any medications since your last visit. The reason for this is because these changes could affect your dental health and the type of treatments provided. For example, certain medications can increase the risk of a condition called xerostomia or dry mouth, which in turn increases the risk of gum disease and tooth decay. This is because insufficient saliva allows bacteria to breed more easily but if your dentist knows you are at risk or already have this condition then they can take action to reduce the likelihood of dental problems.

Next, they will thoroughly examine your teeth and gums. This is to check for any early signs of cavities or tooth decay as sometimes fluoride treatments can help to harden teeth. Otherwise any small cavities can easily be filled before they cause you problems. Small cavities are also cheaper to fill than larger cavities! This examination is also vital to check for any signs of gum disease, a condition that easily goes unnoticed until it progresses into a serious condition called periodontal disease.

While periodontal disease is the major cause of tooth loss in the world, it can also affect your general health, increasing your risk of serious health problems or worsening any existing health issues. As part of your regular checkup, you’ll also receive screenings for oral cancer. This is another disease that frequently goes unnoticed and by the time it is properly diagnosed it is often well advanced and treatment can be far less successful. Your dentist in Downham Market is trained to spot the early signs of oral cancer so your regular checkup could potentially save your life.

Regular Hygiene Appointments

Regular hygiene appointments are great for reducing the risk of gum disease. They’ll help to keep your gums healthy and strong, and as your teeth are gently polished you might notice they have a bit of a sparkle after your appointment. This is also your opportunity to ask us about your dental health as questions are always welcomed. We’d be more than happy to help you with any dental care concerns and can even give you a quick demonstration on how to successfully floss all your teeth, including those hardest to reach right at the back of your mouth.

Regular dental care is a great way to maintain your mouth, so if you haven’t visited a dentist in a while please give Downham Market Dental Care a call on 01366 382265 and book your appointment today.