Dentists in Anstey, Leicester 33 The Nook, Anstey, Leicester LE7 7AZ


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Gum Hygiene Treatment

Gum Hygiene Treatment

Your gums help to support your teeth and keep them in place, so keeping them clean and healthy is essential for your future dental health and strength.

Healthy gums are pink in colour and firm to the touch. They also sit tightly around your teeth. If you are experiencing gum disease your gums may be red in colour and appear inflamed. You may also notice bleeding after brushing or flossing.

There are two stages of gum disease. The first is gingivitis and causes redness, swelling and/or bleeding. The second and more severe stage of gum disease is known as periodontitis – this must be treated or you could face losing your natural teeth.

How does gum disease occur?

Predominantly caused by poor hygiene, gum disease occurs when there is a build-up of plaque around the gum line. Other risk factors include:

  • Smoking
  • Sugary diet
  • Diseases such as diabetes
  • Particular medications

When you visit 33 Dental Practice, we will examine your gums and help you to keep them clean. Our team can also provide advice around flossing techniques and the most effective dental products to maintain your gum health.

Many people ignore the warning signs of gum disease such as bleeding or swelling and this can lead to more serious issues.

Our team of hygienists can help you develop a good home care routine as well professionally clean your teeth and gums. We recommend you visit one of our hygienists so that you are always one step ahead of decay and bacteria than can harm your teeth.

Poor oral hygiene can lead to a number of long and short-term problems, these include:

  • Bad breath
  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease
  • Staining or discolouration of your teeth

Visiting our hygienist

At a hygienist appointment, your teeth will be examined and thoroughly cleaned. Our hygienists can provide advice around how to properly care for your teeth, correct brushing and flossing techniques, dietary advice and smoking cessation advice if required.

The early stages of gum disease may only require non-surgical treatment. The most well-known type of non-surgical treatment is known as scaling and root planning, a minor procedure involves careful removal of plaque and tartar from the affected gums, and smooth the tooth root to remove any bacterial toxins. During this procedure, your hygienist will remove harmful bacteria and irritants from deep beneath your gums to prevent plaque from accumulating again. Most patients will not need any further treatment, although we recommend visiting our hygienists regularly to maintain your oral health as plaque, a sticky film, continuously forms on tooth surfaces.

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COVID-19 update

Many of you will be aware that during the latest Covid 19 update dental practices have been given the green light to re-open the surgery from 8th June. Whilst this is good news, there are a number of procedures that we have being putting in place to make treatment safe for our patients and staff, as we are sure you will appreciate, this is taking some time to set up.

Our intention is, if at all possible to commence opening on the 8th June but this is entirely dependent on our ability to obtain training and appropriate PPE which as you know there is a great shortage of. This equipment will be essential for us to be able to operate.

From 8th- 29th of June we will be prioritising the most urgent of cases including those who have been experiencing problems during this lockdown period. We will contact you directly to arrange an appointment. This period may be extended if required.

Rest assured we are trying our utmost to source this PPE as soon as possible to enable us to extend our treatment further to include fillings, crown/bridge work, root treatments and surgical extractions, scale & polish ect.

We anticipate that it will be several weeks before we will be able to commence these more advanced procedures.

This is a rapidly changing environment which we are adapting to as quickly as we possibly can. We really appreciate your patience and understanding throughout this difficult period and look forward to welcoming you back to the practice soon.

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