Gum Treatment and Prevention in Birmingham

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a common dental issue that affects millions of people worldwide. At Shiraz Endodontic Practice in Birmingham, we specialise in diagnosing and treating gum disease to help our patients maintain a healthy set of teeth and gums.

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What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease is an inflammation of the tissues that surround and support your teeth. The disease starts with a build-up of plaque on the teeth and gums. Over time, if the plaque isn’t removed through proper brushing and flossing, it hardens into tartar and creates a breeding ground for harmful bacteria.

As these bacteria grow and multiply, they produce toxins that irritate the gums, causing inflammation and bleeding. This early stage of gum disease is commonly referred to as gingivitis. If left untreated, the inflammation can progress and cause the gums to recede, exposing the roots of the teeth leading to more severe gum disease (also known as periodontitis).

At Shiraz Endodontic Practice, we offer comprehensive periodontal exams to detect, diagnose and treat gum disease. Our experienced team of dental professionals provide a tailored treatment plan to address the specific needs of each patient.

What is Gum Disease?

There are two primary types of gum disease: gingivitis and periodontitis.

Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease and is characterised by inflammation of the gums. The most common symptoms of gingivitis include redness, swelling, and bleeding of the gums.

If gingivitis isn’t treated properly, it may progress to periodontitis.

 Periodontitis

Periodontitis is a more advanced form of gum disease that can cause irreversible damage to the teeth and gums. In periodontitis, the gums pull away from the teeth, forming pockets that can become infected with bacteria. In worst case scenarios, this can lead to gradual bone loss and even tooth loss.

At Shiraz Endodontic Practice, we offer comprehensive periodontal evaluations to identify the type and severity of gum disease. Our team of experienced dental professionals will work with you to tailor a custom plan to treat, manage and control your gum disease.

Symptoms of Gum Disease

The signs and symptoms of gum disease can vary depending on the severity of the condition. Some common symptoms of gum disease include:

Red or swollen gums

Healthy gums should be pink and firm. A warning sign of gum disease is if they appear red, swollen, or tender to the touch.

Bad breath

Halitosis (persistent bad breath) may be a sign of gum disease that is caused by the build-up of bacteria in the mouth.

Loose teeth

Gum disease can break down the bone and tissue supporting the teeth, causing the teeth to become loose or shift in position.

Bleeding gums

Healthy gums do not typically bleed. Gums that bleed during brushing or flossing could be a sign of gum disease.

Receding gums

When gum recession occurs, pockets or gaps can form between the teeth and gum line causing a build-up of bacteria.

Changes in bite

One possible sign of advanced gum disease is if your bite feels different or your teeth no longer fit together properly.

Gum Treatment

At Shiraz Endodontic Practice in Birmingham, our team of dental professionals is highly trained in all aspects of gum disease. Our team of experts will work with you to develop a tailored treatment plan to help keep your smile.

For mild cases of gum disease, our team may recommend scaling and root planing. This treatment removes plaque and tartar build-up from the teeth and gums and smooths the tooth roots preventing further bacteria build-up. For severe cases of gum disease, our team may recommend treatments such as flap surgery or bone and tissue grafts. This promotes bone and tissue regeneration.

It is important for patients to maintain good oral hygiene to prevent gum disease progression. This involves brushing twice a day, flossing daily, using interdental brushes and attending routine dental check-ups.

Prevention of Gum Disease

Prevention is always better than cure, and this holds true for gum disease as well! Fortunately, there are several ways to prevent gum disease and maintain good oral health. Here are some of our tips on how to prevent gum disease:

Practice Good Oral Hygiene

The most important step in preventing gum disease is to maintain good oral hygiene. This includes brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing at least once a day, using interdental brushes, and using a mouthwash to kill bacteria. Yous should also use a soft-bristled toothbrush and replace the head every three to four months.

Visit Your Dentist Regularly

Regular dental check-ups and professional cleans are essential to maintain good oral health. Your dentist can detect early signs of gum disease and provide treatment to prevent it from getting worse. At Shiraz Endodontic Practice, our dental professionals are trained to identify and treat gum disease.

Stop Smoking

Smoking is a major risk factor for gum disease. If you smoke, we suggest you quit as soon as possible to reduce your risk of developing gum disease.

Eat a Healthy Diet

A healthy diet is essential to maintain good oral health. Eating a balanced diet including plenty of fruit and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and low-fat dairy products. Avoid sugary and starchy foods, which can contribute to the development of gum disease.

Manage Stress

Stress can weaken your immune system, making it harder for your body to fight off infections like gum disease. To lower your risk, we suggest stress-reducing activities like exercise, meditation, or yoga.

At Shiraz Endodontic Practice in Birmingham, we are committed to ensuring our patients maintain healthy gums and teeth. If you are experiencing symptoms of gum disease, please contact an experienced member of our team.

What Our Patients Say

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Stephen Spencer

Overall great experience with Dr. Nida at Shiraz Endodontics. She was very knowledgeable, professional, and explained everything clearly. She did a thorough oral examination on my molar, and I felt at ease during the consultation. The practice itself is conveniently located within Solihull, with onsite car park. I highly recommend Dr. Nida to anyone who needs an endodontist in the Midlands.

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