One of the areas of personal wellbeing that we often neglect is Dental health; many often neglect regular dental check-ups and dental hygiene appointments. If you are looking for a dentist in Wimbledon, come and see us at Infinitidental Clinic, we are a conveniently located on Merton Hall Road, Wimbledon. We are experts in all aspects of dental care and facial aesthetics, offering a friendly and professional service to all our patients. We appreciate that not all customers are comfortable visiting the dentist and become very nervous and anxious. We cater specially for nervous patients, because we care about our patients’ teeth and want everyone to have excellent oral health. For more information, or to book an appointment, telephone us on 020 8854 2171 or contact us by email on Admin Infinitidental firstname.lastname@example.org
We look to tackle some of these leading questions asked by dental patients in this article about gum health and dental hygiene. Scroll below for more information, or if you’d like to speak to one of our dental experts contact us now and book an appointment.
My gums are sore, why do they hurt when I brush?
There are many reasons your gums might feel painful, particularly when you brush or eat certain types of food. Gum disease, gum infection, tooth infection, canker sores, oral cancer or even hormonal changes could be to blame for this pain. It is also likely that you may have sores on your gums, a swelling or an unpleasant taste in your mouth. There could also be a unpleasant smell, this is often caused by decaying food being trapped and the build-up of bacteria. Trapped food can be removed by effective brushing and regular flossing to remove trapped food before it starts to decay. Thorough brushing can also remove plaque build-up, this sticky opaque substance can also cause bad breath. Plaque build-up can also cause cavities in teeth and periodontal disease (commonly known as ‘gum disease’). It is possible that by vigorously brushing in the wrong manner can lead to gum tissue damage which in turn can be extremely painful.
Can you explain what gum disease is?
Gum disease is when bacteria builds up in the mouth as a result of poor dental hygiene and forms plaque around teeth, which in turn can cause gums to become inflamed and sore. Over 60% of the UK adult population suffer from gum disease. The primary cause is poor oral hygiene. Regular dental screening and reviews can help identify the problems at an early stage and allow a thorough treatment plan to be put in place.
Gum disease can be categorized under two types, Gingivitis and Periodontics.
What is Gingivitis?
Gingivitis is extremely common amongst UK adults and if left untreated it can lead to serious problems, including tooth loss. In principle Gingivitis means the inflammation of the gums. The gums surrounding the teeth become red and swollen. The areas often bleed during brushing and whilst eating.
What is Periodontics?
Periodontitis is less common and can result from gingivitis that has been left untreated. Periodontitis weakens and destroys the gums and bone that hold the teeth in place. This in turn can lead to infection, causing gums to become swollen and painful. With proper care of your teeth and regularly visiting your dentist, gum disease is easily preventable.
What are canker sores?
Non-contagious lesions in the month sometimes occur and these are known as Canker sores or mouth ulcers. They can emerge anywhere within the mouth, including your gums, appearing as red patches with a whitish looking coating sometimes. If you have canker sores that don’t go away after seven to ten days, make an appointment to see your dentist or GP. There is no specific treatment for canker sores and most tend to disappear eventually of their own accord.
Can hormones affect my gums?
Hormonal changes for women can affect gums, with pain in some instances. During puberty or during your period, you may find that your gums feel tender, sore or swollen. Hormonal changes due to pregnancy can also affect your teeth and gums. Many women face a higher risk of gum disease during pregnancy than any other time. Menopause is another hormonal change that can cause painful or bleeding gums. If you are concerned, speak to your dentist or GP.
To find out more about how hormones can affect your dental health speak to one of our dental team today.
How do I know if I am brushing my teeth properly?
If you are brushing your teeth properly and on a regular basis, which means at least twice a day, you and your dentist should notice an improvement in your oral health and a reduction of plaque around your teeth. You should be using a toothbrush with soft, blunt bristles and brushing in gentle circular motions. If you are rushing by brushing too vigorously or brushing simply back and forth, this can damage or irritate your gums and lead to soreness and bleeding. For advice on how to brush correctly, watch this helpful video from Colgate or contact us for a dental hygienist appointment.
We advise that you should also be flossing on a daily basis. Regular flossing helps remove plaque, trapped food debris and bacteria from areas your toothbrush can’t reach. As with brushing, don’t floss too vigorously, forcing it between your teeth. Use a gentle sliding motion to ensure you aren’t damaging the soft tissue of your gums.
What is a tooth infection?
A tooth infection or abscessed tooth is where pus forms inside the teeth, gums or bone. This is caused by bacterial infection within the mouth. If you have an infection or abscess at the root of your tooth, this may also cause swelling in your gums around the site of the infection. Infections can usually be treated by root canal treatment and only occasionally will require the removal of the tooth.
What is oral cancer?
Oral cancer, which is also known as mouth cancer affect nearly 7,000 people a year in the UK. One of the early signs you might have oral cancer is sores in your mouth, including on your tongue and inner cheeks that do not heal. It is important to note that sores may not particularly feel painful at first, however if these do not heal after a fortnight, make an appointment with your dentist to review. Regular visits to your dentist can help pick up on early indicators of oral cancer.
If you are concerned about painful or bleeding gums, book an appointment with one of our dentists, who can advise you and make sure you are getting any additional treatment you may need. To book, click on the ‘book a consultation’ button at the top of the page or call us on 020 8854 2171
Infinitidental Clinic provides a comprehensive dental care service to all of our patients. Our friendly and experienced team are not only approachable but experts in maintaining and improving oral health and are always happy to advise patients on how best to care for their teeth. If you are looking a reliable dentist in Wimbledon, look no further than Infinitidental Clinic. To find out more about our services you can call, visit us online or at our practice.