care & preventative education
Bleeding gums and other gum problems are something we take very seriously here at Springmount Dental & Aesthetics
At Springmount Dental & Aesthetics we firmly believe that prevention is better than cure. We aim to minimise treatment by educating our patients on the best ways to achieve optimum oral health, in conjunction with regular hygiene appointments.
Hygiene therapy may reduce the risk of developing several serious medical conditions linked with gum disease. A surprising 90 per cent of us suffer from gum disease at some point in our lives. But with carefully considered dental care, the risks can be easily controlled. We can help teach children the most effective brushing techniques from a young age - providing preventative education and allowing them to take these skills into adulthood.
Through a combination of our skill and care, plus your own oral hygiene efforts at home, you can ensure your teeth and gums remain in tip-top condition for life.
Periodontics is the treatment of periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease. The two major forms of periodontal disease are gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis, if not properly treated, in some individuals will develop into the more advanced and destructive periodontitis, which involves loss of gum and bone around the teeth. Both forms require immediate attention. One in every two adults over 30 suffers from periodontal disease and periodontitis is the main reason for tooth loss in adults over the age of 45 in the UK.
Gum disease can lead to receding gums, bone damage, loss of teeth, and can increase the risk of other health problems such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Despite its prevalence, periodontal disease is underdiagnosed, resulting in a lack of proper gum care. Simple steps like brushing twice a day, flossing, and having a thorough periodontal evaluation from your dentist at least once a year can help detect and prevent gum disease.
We believe it is our duty to educate patients on the importance of prevention and early diagnosis of periodontal disease. Typically, gum disease does not cause pain until it’s in an advanced stage, at which point much of the damage has been done and tooth support destroyed. That's why its important you visit us for regular dental check-ups so we diagnose, treat and manage your overall oral healthcare needs.
Treatment starts with our experienced dentist examining your gum tissue and diagnosing the correct type and stage of the underlying gum disease. The goal of periodontal treatment is to prevent disease progression and to keep your natural teeth. More severe cases need specialist treatment with a periodontist.
Gum disease is a multi-factorial disease. The main cause is bacteria called plaque or biofilm. Biofilm is an organized matrix for the bacteria to live in and multiply. Other factors include smoking, genetics, hormonal changes (pregnancy), stress, certain medications and medical conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.
One of the most important things to know is that gum disease can be completely symptom free. The disease process tends to follow an intermittent path over many years and often a person is entirely unaware that they are affected until the disease has reached more advanced stages. This is why regular dental check-ups are vital so we can identify and treat gum disease in its earliest stages.
The most common reason for bleeding gums is gingivitis, where the gums are inflamed due to irritation from dental plaque bacteria. To have the diagnosis confirmed, why not book an appointment at Springmount Dental & Aesthetics? You can then learn about effective treatment solutions.