Gum disease is the main cause of tooth loss in adults, but it can be prevented. This is why it’s so vital to have regular check ups with your Leicester dentist and appointments for a thorough clean and tartar removal with your hygienist. During a routine check up, your dentist can take x-rays to not only check for decay between the teeth, but to also assess the health of your gums and the bone supporting your teeth. Any problems can be detected and treated early to ensure you keep your teeth for longer in a good, healthy mouth. So, what’s the difference between healthy and unhealthy gums?
* Healthy gums should be pink and firm, with no bleeding present when you brush. Daily flossing and the use of interdental brushes can help remove plaque and debris, keeping between the teeth clean.
* Unhealthy gums will be red, swollen and puffy. You will experience bleeding when you brush. You may also have bad breath and a build up of tartar, where the plaque has hardened.
So, if you have any of the symptoms mentioned above where your gums are causing you concern, book in to see your dentist who can then refer you to the dental hygienist. Call our patient care team for more information or to book and appointment.
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