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Many people notice small amounts of blood when brushing their teeth and this is often the first sign of gum disease.

Don’t ignore these signs your mouth is telling you something is not quite right.

You may also notice :

  • Red Gums
  • Swelling
  • An unpleasant odour from the mouth which you may notice or which someone may mention to you
  • Loose teeth

Gum disease is a chronic infection that if left untreated can cause loss of soft tissue, teeth and bone loss.

Plaque accumulates on the surface of the teeth.

If this is not properly removed it hardens and turns to tartar (calculus). The bacteria in the plaque releases toxins which cause infection and destroys the gum supporting the teeth.  Once it has formed tartar cannot be removed at home you will need to have this treated by a professional

The first step you should take when you notice these symptoms is to visit your dentist or hygienist, they will then begin a process of removing the tartar and educating you in the most effective methods of keeping your mouth clean to prevent further build up or infection.

You will notice an immediate improvement in the way your mouth feels and if you carefully follow the instructions and guideance given you will be able to halt the progress of gum disease and retain your smile.

Don’t put off visiting your dentist or hygienist because you are embarrassed.

You can call Tavistock Drive Dental Care on 0115 9602717 and ask for advice.

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