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Gum disease; signs to look for from our dentist Sheffield

Are you uncertain whether your bleeding gums are a sign of gum disease?

At Dee Kay Dental, our dentist Sheffield knows all about how to identify and treat gum disease, and as is the way with all things dental, prevention is better than cure!

Here we discuss 5 signs that you may have gum disease so that you will have a better idea of when to see our dentist Sheffield.

Bleeding gums

It can be tricky to determine whether bleeding gums are a sign of gum disease or a sign that you are brushing your teeth a bit too hard!

But if there is regular bleeding when you brush your teeth, then this may be a sign that you need to see our dentist Sheffield for a checkup.

The bleeding caused is due to inflammation that has been caused by plaque below the gum line. To alleviate this issue, our team will usually perform a scale and polish, which will remove the plaque and, thereby, reduce all of the associated inflammation and bleeding.

Sore gums

Following on from bleeding gums is sore gums.

And once again, this can be hard to diagnose as a symptom of gum disease or something as benign as using a hard toothbrush.

If you consistently have sore gums when eating, talking or even brushing, this may be a sign that there is too much plaque in your mouth, and you will need to see our team for an assessment. The treatment for sore gums will typically involve a scale and polish, and our team may suggest that you switch to a softer toothbrush until your gums have recovered.

Persistent bad breath

Excess plaque essentially means excess bacteria in the mouth.

And as is the way with bacteria, there are usually odours that accompany it. So, if you notice a persistent offensive taste or odour in your mouth despite brushing and flossing, it is time to see our team for a checkup.

We will usually recommend a scale and polish and may be able to prescribe some antibacterial mouthwash to help you regain fresher breath and recover from the inflammation.

Gum recession

Periodontal disease is an infection caused by excessive bacteria; if left unchecked, that bacteria can destroy the gums.

So, if you notice that your gums are receding (which can happen with age or over-enthusiastic brushing), then it may be time to book yourself in with our team. Mild cases can be treated by our hygienist with a deep clean. In more advanced cases, you may need to have a gum graft to regrow the lost tissue.

Loose teeth

If you have a couple of wobbly teeth (alongside any of the aforementioned symptoms), then this is a sign that your gum disease has become more advanced.

To treat this, our team will typically perform deep cleans, offer gum grafts to recover lost gums and prescribe oral cleaning products.

However, if your teeth remain loose but the gum disease has healed, we may be able to offer a tooth splint; this is essentially where the loose tooth is attached to the nearest healthy tooth, acting as a bridge to prevent movement.