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How do I know if I’ve got gum disease?

There are a few key warning signs to look out for. The first is bleeding gums following brushing, flossing or eating. Bleeding gums are not healthy – they are a natural alarm bell signifying disease. Gum disease may also change the appearance of the gums. In health, the gums are... View Article

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Does smoking cause tooth loss?

Smoking is one of the biggest risk factors for gum/periodontal disease. It increases both risk and severity. Smokers have deeper pockets and more bone loss. This can all lead to loose teeth and tooth loss. As the nicotine affects the blood vessels in the gums, bleeding gums is not common... View Article

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Why are my gums bleeding during pregnancy?

Pregnancy changes your body and that includes your gums too! This means you are more at risk of gum disease and may experience signs of this such as bleeding gums. These signs should not be ignored, as gum disease treatment is safe, effective and important during pregnancy. Pregnant women should... View Article

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Does gum disease run in families?

Genetics and underlying susceptibility play a big role in determining whether you suffer from gum/periodontal disease. Although the plaque/bacteria are the initial cause, your genetic makeup affects how you react to that plaque. For example, your response may be exaggerated if you are genetically more susceptible. Especially if you are... View Article

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Does my diet affect my gums?

Nutrition and diet has a role in gum/periodontal disease. An imbalance or deficiencies can increase the risk and severity of periodontal disease by affecting the body’s resistance and potential for repair. Therefore, it’s important to have a healthy intake of fibre, fruit and vegetables and reduce the level of refined... View Article

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Why are my gums receding?

Gum recession happens when the gum tissue has receded and lowers its position on the tooth, exposing the roots of the teeth. You may be at more risk of recession depending on the position of your teeth in the jaw as well as the thickness of your gum and bone.... View Article

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What can I do about receding gums?

If you are only mildly affected by receding gums, that’s great! Catching it early means that it may just be a case of monitoring it. However, either way, it’s important that the cause of the recession is established and corrected. This may involve modification of your brushing technique or gum... View Article

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What can I do about my gummy smile?

A gummy smile describes excessive gum display when smiling. The teeth can also look smaller than their expected size. It is not uncommon and shouldn’t be ignored especially if it affects your self-confidence and happiness. There are many reasons for a gummy smile but it is largely due to the... View Article

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Can you cure gum/periodontal disease?

You can never really ‘cure’ gum/periodontal disease but you treat and stabilise it. Once treated and the gums are healthy, you need to ensure life-long regular maintenance at home and with your hygienist to ensure you minimise any chances of relapse.