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Common Symptoms of Gum Disease and Treatments ;
Gum disease is a chronic bacterial infection of the gums and bone supporting the teeth. It is a major cause of tooth loss. Nonetheless, as gum disease is usually painless, you may not even know you have it. Healthy teeth begin with healthy gums, so if you're suffering from bleeding or swollen gums or teeth that seem to have moved, it may be time to take a closer look at your gums.

Gum disease is caused by plaque bacteria which form a sticky film on the tooth surface. Plaque bacteria release toxins that can damage the gums. As the amount of plaque increases the saliva in your mouth can begin to mineralise the plaque to form tartar. These hard deposits on the teeth promote more plaque built up and further damage to the gums.

There are two main types of gum disease- gingivitis and periodontitis.
Gingivitis is very common and affect up to 65% of the general population. Periodontitis affects more than 30% of adults over age of 30. Both these infections can be treated or maintained, but the earlier they are diagnosed, the better the prognosis.

You can prevent gum disease by brushing twice daily, flossing once a day and visiting your dentist regularly.

Warning Signs

" Red, swollen or tender gums
" Bleeding while brushing or flossing
" Gums that pull away from the teeth
" Loose or separating teeth
" Pus between the gum and the tooth
" Persistent bad breath
" A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
" A change in the fit of partial dentures

Occasionally gum disease can progress without any symptoms or pain. During a routine dental examination, your dentist checks for signs of gum disease, so undetected disease can be treated before it can advance.

A cumulative amount of research has proven that there is evidence linking chronic periodontal disease / gum disease to conditions such as coronary heart disease, diabetes and respiratory disease.

The largest complication of untreated gingivitis is periodontitis. Complications stemming from periodontist include:

" Tooth loss
" Increased risk for coronary artery disease
" Increased risk for diabetes
" Increased risk for respiratory diseases like asthma
" Increased risk for rheumatoid arthritis

The first steps of a periodontal treatment are by scaling. In doing so, the dentist removes all sorts of bacterial and plaque deposits on the teeth and can assess the nature and depth of the gum pockets.

After scaling, the periodontal or gum pockets are checked to see if the healing is progressing as expected and if there are further complications.

When the gums are free from bacteria, they will heal back to their normal pink and firm state with no evidence of gingivitis. However, it is up to you to keep them clean with proper home care and regular visits to the hygienist at least twice a year. Your hygienist will help determine your maintenance schedule based on health and lifestyle factors as well as dental work present in your mouth.
Why not get in touch with us today? When it comes to the very best Periodontal Treatment in Preston , Lancashire , we pride ourselves on experienced reliable dentists and trusted expertise at Lane Ends Dental Practice.
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There are no two smiles that are exactly alike. Everyone has their own unique facial structure and tooth shape and size. Crooked or misaligned teeth are common occurrences.

The body’s joints are designed to move in a certain way – and when they can’t move properly, you can experience pain and other related problems. Your jaw joint, is no exception. It’s one of the hardest working and complex joints in the body, and when the alignment isn’t correct, it can cause some unpleasant symptoms. In addition to the joint itself being uncomfortable, it can cause detrimental issues for your dental health as well.

The teeth function best when aligned comfortably to allow for proper chewing, speaking, and jaw function without pain. An ideal bite allows the teeth to meet without putting too much pressure in one area, and the upper teeth typically sit slightly outside of the lower teeth when biting down.

However, to ensure that you have the teeth alignment that is straight enough that you will not suffer from the tooth and muscle complications that can arise from having a misaligned bite, it is important to know exactly how to examine your bite. There are few signs to watch out for if you suspect your bite might be misaligned.

1-Difficulties Speaking
An improperly fitting jaw might result in problems speaking, especially if the teeth obstruct the ability of your tongue to move correctly. This might lead to some people having problems enunciating words when they speak.

2-Difficulty Chewing or Biting together
Those who experience a bad bite are often placing extra pressure on their teeth each time they move their teeth. This is true for those who face advanced problems such as cross bites, overbites, under bites, and open bites since the teeth don’t come together properly. As a result, chewing during a meal can cause pain or discomfort.

Teeth that are not properly lined up are likely to slip and slide against one another when eating and speaking. The excessive friction at unnatural angles can lead to uneven and irregular wear of the teeth over the course of time. With severely worn teeth comes difficulty in properly eating and results in an imbalance in the smile.

Speaking and eating with an improper bite and having the teeth scrape against one another in a way that is not normal can increase the risk of broken or cracked teeth. Require extensive costly restorations. With a misaligned bite, there is a high risk that you will chip, break, and crack your teeth, especially if you participate in sports. You also have a high chance of having tooth decay and gum disease.

It is important to establish the “ideal bite position” before doing other dental procedures. All your restorations, dentures, crowns, or even fillings have to be aligned to the correct bite position prior to undergoing any cosmetic dentistry treatment.

To bring balance back to your bite, you need to look at the whole picture, not just your teeth. An unbalanced bite can lead to health, comfort and aging issues. Balance your bite and you’ll resolve your TMJ pain. The muscles and nerves of your jaw, face, head and neck will thank you.

The type of treatment necessary to correct dental occlusions depends upon the type of occlusion one is experiencing. For instance, in minor cases, the dentist often uses reductive reshaping, which improves tooth-to-tooth contact relationships. In other cases, more advanced treatments, such as orthodontics or restorative dentistry, may be the necessary treatment.

Get Your Bite Checked

When a problem with your bite is causing or at least contributing to pain or discomfort it can usually be corrected without any invasive procedures. Come in to our Dental practice in Preston for an examination and we can determine if you have any bite problems and assess the degree of any malocclusion. As well, we will discuss all options with you to correct the problem.

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Laser Gum Treatment – The Alternative Solution?

Commonly taken for granted, the tedious chore of brushing and flossing our teeth daily has never been more important in order to avoid gum disease and reduce the risks that gum disease places on our overall health.

almost 80% of the adult population has some form of mild to moderate gum disease. These untreated conditions can often progress into full periodontal disease which, today, is the main reason why most adults lose their teeth. And as gum disease often does not cause any pain, most patients don’t even realize they have it.


Gum disease is caused by the colonization of bacteria underneath the tartar on your teeth. These bacteria produce by-products and toxins that infect the gums and cause them to recede and ultimately lead to loss of attachment and supporting tissues around the teeth.
Symptoms of gum disease include red, swollen gums, bleeding while brushing, loose teeth, and chronic bad breath. Often, though, there may be no symptoms at all, until it’s too late.

Recent studies suggest that the relationship between periodontal disease and diabetes goes both ways-periodontal disease can make it more difficult for diabetic patients to control their blood sugar. Those who have diabetes are also more likely to have gum disease than those who do not which makes it crucial for diabetics to sustain their blood sugar and maintain/treat their periodontal disease.

In the past, we had no choice when dealing with gum disease than to use traditional treatment options such as gum surgery to eradicate the bacterial inflammation or infection. This usually involved cutting away the diseased tissues and involving sutures, as well as discomfort when the patient recovered from treatment. Now, this has changed because of laser technology.

With the latest ground-breaking gum disease treatment option, laser technology eradicates diseased tissue and infection caused by periodontal disease using a less invasive, more comfortable patient experience than traditional surgery. By removing all of those bacteria, the tissue responds with decreased inflammation allowing the patient to easily maintain healthy gums. In more severe cases of periodontal disease where bone loss is present, the laser can be activated to stimulate bone growth and remove diseased tissues.

Laser gum therapy is a minimally method that can be used in conjunction with other therapies, such as antimicrobial treatment which painlessly and predictably removes diseased tissue. Laser gum therapy can also be used for smile makeovers to do non-surgical “gum lifts” for patients with a gummy smile. No stitches are necessary and there is usually no down time. Within just a few days, patients can immediately see the results.

At this point in time, there is insufficient clinical evidence to suggest that any specific laser therapy is superior to the traditional periodontal treatment methods, and It is important to beware of advertising that sounds too good to be true as it may well be. Always consult your dentist , who can help you to separate the fact from hype.
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