Allesley Park Dental Practice
122 Winsford Avenue, Coventry,
West Midlands, CV5 9JB

Telephone: 024 7669 1904
Email: [email protected]

Gum Disease

Do your gums bleed when you brush them? Do you have a metallic taste in your mouth? Have you noticed increased gum recession or wobbly teeth? If so, then you could have gum disease. If so, it’s important to catch gum disease early in order to have the best chance of treating and saving your teeth.

Although gum disease can’t be reversed it can be identified, treated and controlled.

Do I have gum disease?

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease (or gingivitis in its early stages) is a very common condition thought to affect up to three quarters of adults in the UK. In fact, nearly all of us will experience it at least once in our lifetime.

Gum disease is the main cause of tooth loss amongst adults.

If you have noticed any of these signs then you could very well have gum disease and it is important to visit your dentist or hygienist at the earliest opportunity.

  • Bleeding in your gums when you brush or eat hard foods
  • Bad breath or a bad/metallic taste in your mouth
  • Noticeable gum recession or an increase in the length of any teeth
  • Increased sensitivity in the teeth or gums
  • The appearance of gaps between teeth
  • Teeth feeling loose or wobbly

What causes gum disease?

No matter how well we brush our teeth, plaque builds on them daily and this is why regular hygiene appointments are vital. When left, this plaque layer will eventually harden and turn to tartar which starts to cause irritation in the gums.

Your body’s immune system naturally reacts to this invasion by attacking the plaque around your teeth. However, in around 20% of people the immune system can overreact and start breaking down bone and tissue surrounding the tooth. It is almost impossible to tell who is at risk of this.

If nothing is done the bone can erode completely- causing the tooth to become loose and eventually fall out. Often the onset of gum disease is pain-less and this is why it’s so important for adults and children to attend regular check-ups with the dentist and hygienist.

Why are healthy gums important?

In order for your teeth to be healthy they need healthy gums!

Healthy gums are: pink and firm with no soreness, bleeding or sensitivity.

Gum disease does not always cause pain so it can be hard to spot. The most common symptoms are bleeding gums and bad breath. If you have either of these signs you could be in the early stages of gum disease- (gingivitis).

It is important to treat any symptoms early to avoid them advancing and developing into potentially more serious issues. If you are worried about anything at all then contact your Dentist or Dental Hygienist.

How is gum disease treated?

If you have gum disease then your dentist or hygienist will perform a deep clean under a local anaesthetic to remove any bacteria under the gums.

You will then be given instructions and advice on how to keep your gums healthy in the future.

If your gum disease is advanced you may need to be referred to a periodontist who can treat your gum disease in the long-term.

How to protect your teeth from gum disease

Prevention of gum disease is the best cure! Decrease your risk by taking note of the following points:

  • Visit the dentist and hygienist regularly! You should aim to attend dental appointments at least once a year. Your dentist can pick up on any problems or changes in your mouth. Hygiene appointments will help keep your teeth and gums clean and they can advise you on any problem areas.
  • Clean your teeth regularly: Brush your teeth and gums twice a day. Use mouthwash, floss and interdental devices if necessary.
  • Give up smoking: Smokers are at a higher risk of developing gum disease- so aim to quit now!
  • Stress and medication: Street and medication such as chemotherapy can have a significant effect on your immune system- leaving you more at risk of developing gum disease.
  • Diabetics: This group of people are more likely to have gum disease and gum disease also makes it more difficult for diabetics to control their blood sugar.

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(4.8 of 5) - 29 Reviews
(4.8 of 5) - 29 Reviews
November 13, 2020
RM
5/ 5stars
I'm quite nervous about going to the dentist but they made me feel really relaxed and I had a very positive experience. Excellent customer service and dentistry! I would highly recommend.
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Responded on November 18, 2020
Thanks for your feedback!
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November 4, 2020
EP
5/ 5stars
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November 4, 2020
HK
4/ 5stars
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October 15, 2020
SP
5/ 5stars
Great service. Professional and courteous. Hygiene processes to reduce the risk of COVID-19 and keep patients and staff safe was excellent.
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October 13, 2020
DN
5/ 5stars
Excellent Dentist Surgery
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October 9, 2020
JR
5/ 5stars
Good experience and I felt completely safe. Very efficient but caring.
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Responded on October 13, 2020
Thank you for a great review Mrs Robinson!
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October 9, 2020
RT
5/ 5stars
Very pleased with this Dental Practice , they have all been very polite and friendly , and make you feel at ease.
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Responded on October 13, 2020
Thank you Mr Thompson for a lovely review!
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October 7, 2020
J
5/ 5stars
I always feel confidence and trust in the knowledge and experience of the dentist (I see Alex) and hygienist (I see Jackie) both very caring and a calming nature and very skilled in what they do.In fact all the staff are lovely; the nurses that assist and the receptionists are very helpful and welcoming too. I would not hesitate to recommend this Dental practice.
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October 6, 2020
SS
5/ 5stars
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Responded on October 8, 2020
Thank you Mr Sheffield
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October 6, 2020
BC
5/ 5stars
Thanks to all at Allesley Park Dental Practice who made my recent visit as near to normal as possible during these times of Covid19 restrictions. It was good to get the form-filling out of the way before the appointments, and all the staff I spoke to were welcoming and friendly although they must have had much more to do behind the scenes and between appointments than in normal times.
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Responded on October 8, 2020
Thank you Mr Cooke for such great feedback! Its great to hear!
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October 6, 2020
SS
5/ 5stars
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Responded on October 8, 2020
Thank you Mr Samways
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October 4, 2020
ZA
5/ 5stars
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Responded on October 8, 2020
Thank you Mrs Ahari
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October 4, 2020
NJ
5/ 5stars
My first visit since the Covid-19 lockdown. The whole process from pre-appointment through to completion of my treatment was very professional and I was made to feel completely safe throughout.
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Responded on October 8, 2020
Thank you Mr Jessett for your great feedback, its lovely to hear
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October 3, 2020
LO
5/ 5stars
Excellent service as ever
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Responded on October 8, 2020
Thank you Mrs Obirek
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September 23, 2020
MSW
5/ 5stars
Great dental practice. Covid secure. Easy to get to and parking always available. Administration is superb, they always sort you out with an appointment. And of course, excellent dentistry.
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September 22, 2020
5/ 5stars
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September 22, 2020
BR
5/ 5stars
Going to the Dentist during Covid. It was very professionally managed form timed arrival, meeting at door, sanitising and temperature check all done very well. I felt at ease, which is never easy at the Dentist!!
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Responded on September 26, 2020
Thank you Mr Rollason for great feedback! We look forward to seeing you at your next visit
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September 22, 2020
VS
5/ 5stars
I went to visit Allesley Park Dentist this week for a check up and i found the whole team were very respectful and I felt completely safe in thier care .... Both my partner and I have been a customer for many years and we always get looked after very well.....Thank you
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Responded on September 26, 2020
What lovely comments, thank you for a great review Miss Stanier
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September 22, 2020
GS
5/ 5stars
First class treatment and care when arranging appointment. Many Thanks.
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Responded on September 26, 2020
Thank your Mr Smith, its great to hear!
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September 22, 2020
JB
5/ 5stars
I found the whole experience very safe, reassuring and efficient. A lot of thought has gone into creating a covid safe & secure environment for staff & patients alike.
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Responded on September 26, 2020
Thank you Mr Blair for taking the time to give us a good review. It is great to hear you felt covid safe when attending the practice!
Allesley Park Dental Practice Management Practice Manager
September 22, 2020
MM
5/ 5stars
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Responded on September 26, 2020
Thank you Mrs McCullagh
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September 22, 2020
HR
5/ 5stars
Everyone was really helpful and friendly, and the work was done efficiently and well. I did not have to wait long either. It is very reassuring to know how careful they are to keep us safe from COVID-19.
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August 22, 2020
JP
5/ 5stars
I have been coming to the practice for 30+ years and now so do my wife, children and mum. We see Douglas (father) or Alex (son) and they are both outstanding dentists, I have absolute confidence in their work and they are patient with me as I have a dread of dentists ! I like that they will explain what I they are doing and let me know my options. I also like that they just do what’s needed. All the dental nurses are also lovely, it’s nice many know me by name. I cannot recommend them highly enough.
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January 22, 2020
KS
5/ 5stars
Only called
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September 22, 2019
NM
1/ 5stars
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September 22, 2019
DF
5/ 5stars
Excellent service
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September 22, 2019
MS
5/ 5stars
A really good and comfortable experience. The dentist's here really care about you. Very friendly staff.
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September 22, 2018
F_
5/ 5stars
Thank you for looking after me today. My tooth decay was very close to the nerve and it hurt having my filling, but you looked after me well and I am feeling better and am not in pain. X
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September 22, 2017
kb
5/ 5stars
Brilliant staff and understanding dentists.
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