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Gum Health Leicester & Loughborough

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Every Smile Needs Healthy Gums

When you consider your dental health and the appearance of your smile, it’s easy to focus on your teeth. But dental health includes your gums, the tissue that supports and surrounds your teeth.

Problems like inflamed or bleeding gums and bad breath are often symptoms of gum disease. But these issues can worsen, and gum disease can make your teeth fall out and damage your jaw.

At The Dental Suite, we care for your whole smile. From routine checkups to specialist gum treatments, we ensure you have healthy gums to support your beautiful smile.

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Understanding Gum Disease

Gum disease is caused by plaque. Plaque is a sticky film that coats your teeth and gums. It contains a mix of bacteria, food debris, and
saliva. When plaque builds up on your teeth, it hardens to form tartar.

You’ll often find tartar along the gum line at the edge of your teeth. When it builds up here, it irritates the gums, causing gingivitis.

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WHAT IS GINGIVITIS?

Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease. The symptoms of gingivitis are inflamed, red, or bleeding gums. This type of gum disease is reversible with treatment.

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WHAT IS PERIODONTITIS?

Periodontitis is an advanced gum disease affecting the bone and ligaments around the teeth. As gum disease progresses to this stage, pockets form around the roots of your teeth. When this happens, tooth loss is likely. You can also develop abscesses, and your gums may recede.

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Periodontal Examinations

Periodontitis has several stages; a complete examination helps us determine the extent of the damage and the best treatment route. This simple, painless examination uses a special instrument to check the bone level around each tooth.

At The Dental Suite, we routinely perform periodontal examinations to monitor your gum health. If we spot any problems, we’ll explain them and create a treatment and maintenance plan.

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Gum Disease Prevention

Keeping plaque at bay is central in the fight against gum disease. Brush your teeth morning and night using a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. While brushing, it’s important to use techniques that don’t damage tooth enamel or gum tissue.

Flossing and using mouthwash are effective ways to remove plaque, complementing regular brushing. Visiting us for checkups and hygiene appointments will help prevent gum disease.

Fissure sealants can help your child’s teeth. This simple, preventative treatment uses resin to coat vulnerable chewing surfaces at the back of your child’s mouth.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What causes gum disease?

Bacterial Plaque is the major causative factor of gum disease. It is a film of bacteria, which is present in your mouth and are constantly sticking to your teeth. These bacteria quickly multiply to form layers of plaque. If not thoroughly removed minerals from your saliva precipitate into the bacterial plaque forming calculus (Tartar).

What is gingivitis?

This is the name given to inflammation of the Gingival Tissue (Gums) and occurs when bacterial plaque accumulates between the tooth and the gum. This is the first stage of gum disease and is reversible with treatment.

What is periodontitis?

Periodontitis is the name given to gum disease which has advanced to involve the periodontium. (the bone and ligament around each tooth). It is important to preserve the bone levels around your teeth in order to prevent your teeth from becoming loose.

There are many degrees of Periodontitis and the only way to diagnose the extent of the damage is with a periodontal examination. This is a simple and painless examination with a special instrument to check the bone level around each of your teeth.

At the Dental Suite we routinely carry out a gum examination to monitor your Periodontal Health. Should there be any problems, these are shown to you and explained in “simple English”. A treatment and maintenance plan is then devised to achieve optimum periodontal health. After all, your gums are the foundation for your teeth, your smile!

How can I prevent gum disease?

Thorough removal of bacterial plaque from the teeth and gums is paramount in the prevention of gum disease.

There are many recommended tooth brushing techniques and it can sometimes be a little confusing as to what we should do. It is important to remove bacterial plaque thoroughly without causing damage to the tooth enamel as this can cause sensitivity.

We advise against brushing with an up and down action and scrubbing from side to side as both of these techniques cause damage to the teeth and gums. Generally it is best to give tooth brushing advice on a one to one basis so that established habits can be reviewed and dexterity assessed.

We can also fissure seal your children’s teeth. This is a simple preventative procedure which covers the vulnerable chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars and premolars) with a protective coating of resin (plastic) which in conjunction with dietary advice helps to prevent tooth decay.

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Consistently Five-Star Rated

With 1000+ five-star reviews online, The Dental Suite is the East Midlands’ top-rated clinic for quality care.

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Scott Kempin

Really pleased with the service. I now go to Rebecca for teeth cleaning and have regular check ups, and have recently had a couple of fillings. Kal is probably the only dentist I’ve trusted since I was 10, 40 yrs ago. I can’t tell you how good it feels to be able to get my teeth mot’d regularly! Thanks everyone!

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Rachelle Gunbie

Can’t fault my whole experience and have been made to feel as comfortable as possible every step of the way – Big thank you to Kiren and Claire for giving me my dream smile and to the rest of the team for your help and guidance along the way. Wouldn’t go anywhere else. Thanks again!

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L Antonio

Dr Sanita is honestly the best at what she does! Such a perfectionist and so gentle. Completely changed my smile with new fillings that were white. Thank you also to Clare and Rosie for being so lovely, welcoming and caring towards me!! Really recommend Dr Sanita.

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Having had my braces fitted here a few years ago, I’ve been back multiple times for follow-up procedures and have always felt at ease. The team are professional and really friendly. Maryam and Keily carried out my last cleaning and did a sterling job. I’d highly recommend them to anyone looking for a good dentist/hygienist in Leicester.

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Karina Foster

I was impressed with the whole service. I was able to get an appointment for a check up. The staff were friendly, helpful and professional. The checkup was very thorough. Follow up treatment with a hygienist was arranged promptly. I can’t fault any part of my experience.

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George Harris

Maryam the hygienist did my clean, feeling a lot better about my gums and teeth!

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Jayne Woodcock

I have undergone bone grafting and dental implant surgery over the last 10 months. Adam and the Dental Suite teams at Leicester and Loughborough have been exceptional in their care and are a credit to their profession. They have been responsive to all concerns raised and have gone over and above to support me through some tough times.

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Lisa Kennedy

My teeth were in such a bad way, missing teeth, poorly fitting dentures, I knew I had to go private and the Dental Suite gave me what I needed. Thank you so much 🥰

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Claire

Fantastic service went above and beyond and made me feel so comfortable . I had such a wonderful dentist Hussain and his amazing staff nurses not forgetting the great receptionist Lisa who was so kind and helpful giving advice and help with creating my perfect smile. Thanks so much, would recommend this dentist. It’s the best!

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Emma Hughes

Came for a hygienist appointment with Kam and Natasha. They were fantastic and settled my nerves straight away. Would recommend if you have some anxieties about visiting the dentist!

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Gum Health in Leicester, Loughborough, and Nottingham

Your gums are your smile’s foundations. At The Dental Suite, your gum health is vital to us. Get in touch today to schedule a consultation.

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The Dental Suite
Nottingham
67 Melton Rd,
West Bridgford,
Nottingham,
NG2 6EN

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The Dental Suite
Leicester
7-9 Rutland Street,
Leicester,
LE1 1RB

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The Dental Suite
Loughborough
27 Park Rd,
Loughborough,
LE11 2ED

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