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Getting Healthy Gums Is Recipe for Perfect Teeth

teeth health smile dentistHealthy gums are the secret behind having the perfect teeth. To get healthy gums, you will need to go beyond brushing two or more times every day. Don’t forget to floss using the perfect technique. It’s important, as unhealthy gums will lead to dental conditions and even tooth loss.

Why is gum health important?

The gums are the foundation for healthy teeth and a beautiful smile. Infection of the gum tissue with bacteria found in plaque and tartar is a major cause of dental issues. Advanced forms of gum disease may lead to bone loss and tooth loss. Periodontal disease also predisposes people to medical condition such as dementia, diabetes and heart disease.

Healthy gums are firm and pink in color. Bleeding gums when you brush your teeth is a sign of gum disease. Bleeding and inflammation of the gums are signs of gingivitis and periodontitis.

What affects gum health?

People who smoke and take alcohol are at the greatest risk of gum disease. Other risk factors are poor nutrition, poor oral hygiene and stress. Plaque will immediately begin to accumulate on the surfaces of your teeth immediately after brushing. Failure to brush your teeth to remove plaque will allow it to calcify and get below the gum line. The gum tissue will get inflamed and start to bleed as a result of the immune system kicking in to fight the plaque bacteria.

Ways of maintaining healthy gums

Good oral hygiene is the best defense against gum disease. Brush your teeth twice every day, floss routinely, and rinse out the mouth regularly to prevent plaque from forming. Ensure that you are flossing the area just below the gum line to get rid of plaque and food debris. Toothbrushes do not easily reach the areas below the gum line.

Finally, do not forget the routine visits to the dentist and hygienist. These visits should be scheduled at the interval recommended as this takes into account your individual risk profile.


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Dr Ashley Davenport BDS MFGDP(UK)

I qualified as a dentist in 1995 and can honestly say that I have been doing a job that I love for the past 20 plus years. Most people who know me well know that dentistry is a passion for me and that if I won the lottery I would still want to have some dentistry in my life. I get huge satisfaction from treating patients and making a difference to ...

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Dr Catherine Myatt BDS MFGDP(UK)

Cath joined the practice as a dentist in 2002.  She and Ashley met on their postgraduate Vocational Training course in Birmingham when they ended up working at the same practice in West Bromwich.  When Ashley was looking for an associate at Balsall Common Dental Practice, Cath came to take the role and she has been here ever since.  In 2017 Cath...

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