117-119 Droylsden Road, Manchester M40 1NT
Droylsden Road Dental Practice

Healthy Gums in Manchester

Your gums are like cushions for your teeth; they surround the tooth from its crown to its root in the jaw and help to support a healthy mouth. Looking after your gums is just as important as looking after your teeth, and without routine cleaning gum disease can occur.

These are the stages of gum disease:
  1. Red and swollen gums that bleed when you brush them are a sign of a type of gum disease, gingivitis.
  2. When gingivitis is left untreated it can develop further into a type of infection known as periodontitis, which affects the entire area surrounding the tooth, causing discomfort and difficulty when eating
  3. Eventually this kind of infection can lead to tooth loss and may require invasive procedures to replace the missing tooth.

Fortunately, this can be avoided by attending regular hygiene check-ups at the practice and maintaining a good daily hygiene routine. Brushing between the teeth, flossing and replacing your toothbrush every three months will also benefit your gum health.

Life Benefits
  • Minimised risk of tooth loss.
  • Reduced risk of developing tooth decay and need for fillings.
  • Fresh, minty breath.

Healthy gums refer to the pink, firm, and moist tissue that surrounds and supports the teeth. They act as a protective barrier for the roots and also help to keep teeth in place.

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is primarily caused by the buildup of plaque on the teeth. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on the teeth and gums, leading to inflammation and infection if not adequately removed.

The early signs of gum disease include redness, swelling, and bleeding gums during brushing or flossing. As the condition progresses, you may experience persistent bad breath, receding gums, tooth sensitivity, and even tooth loss.

Good oral hygiene practises are essential for preventing gum disease. This includes brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing daily, using mouthwash, and visiting your dentist regularly for professional cleanings. Quitting smoking, maintaining a healthy diet, and managing stress also contribute to gum health.

In its early stages, gum disease can be reversed through improved oral hygiene practises and professional treatments such as scaling and root planing. However, advanced stages of gum disease may require more extensive treatments to manage the condition.

Research has shown a strong link between gum disease and various systemic health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, respiratory infections, and even preterm births. Maintaining healthy gums is not only important for your oral health but also for your overall well-being.

Regular dental check-ups are crucial for gum health as they allow your dentist to monitor and detect any signs of gum disease early on. They can also provide professional cleanings, address any issues promptly, and provide guidance on maintaining optimal oral hygiene practises.

It is generally recommended to visit the dentist every six months for a routine check-up and professional cleaning. However, your dentist may recommend more frequent visits if you have a history of gum disease or other dental concerns.

While maintaining a good oral hygiene routine is the most effective way to prevent and manage gum disease, some home remedies can provide additional support. These include rinsing with warm saltwater, using aloe vera gel, applying tea tree oil, and incorporating anti-inflammatory foods into your diet.

Electric toothbrushes can be more effective in removing plaque compared to manual toothbrushes, thanks to their oscillating or rotating bristle movements. They can help improve gum health, especially in individuals who have difficulty with manual brushing techniques.

No, bleeding gums during brushing or flossing is not normal and could be a sign of gum disease. It is essential to address this issue with your dentist to determine the cause and receive appropriate treatment.

While receding gums can be caused by various factors including gum disease, genetics, and aggressive brushing, maintaining good oral hygiene practises and habits can help prevent or slow down the progression of gum recession. It is important to brush gently, use a soft-bristled brush, and avoid activities that can irritate the gums.

Yes, certain foods can promote gum health. These include foods rich in vitamin C (such as oranges and strawberries), leafy greens, nuts, and dairy products. These foods provide essential nutrients that support gum tissue health.

Yes, hormonal changes, particularly during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause, can impact gum health. Hormonal fluctuations can make the gums more sensitive and more prone to inflammation and infection.

Gum grafting is one of the treatment options for receding gums, but it is not the only solution. The appropriate treatment for receding gums depends on the severity and underlying causes. Less invasive options, such as scaling and root planing or using growth factors, might be effective in less severe cases.

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Droylsden Road Dental Practice
117-119 Droylsden Road, Manchester M40 1NT


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Monday 9.00 am - 1.00 pm, 2.00 pm - 5.00 pm
Tuesday 9.00 am - 1.00 pm, 2.00 pm - 5.00 pm
Wednesday 9.00 am - 1.00 pm, 2.00 pm - 5.00 pm
Thursday 9.00 am - 1.00 pm, 2.00 pm - 5.00 pm
Friday 9.00 am - 1.00 pm, 2.00 pm - 5.00 pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

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