Causes And Cures For Gum Disease

teeth health smile dentistGingivitis (known as gum disease), is caused by a bacteria which builds up around the teeth and gums, within a substance called plaque. If left untreated, this hardens to become tartar, which then can caused damage to the gums and teeth. Possible causes for gingivitis include: stress, a lack of good dental hygiene, smoking and medication for certain conditions and illnesses. The following tips may help to prevent and treat gum disease, in order to maintain a happy and healthy smile:

– Reducing the amount of sugary foods eaten, as well as limiting those which are high in hydrogenated fats, can help to prevent the build up of bacteria.

– Establishing and maintaining a thorough routine of brushing and flossing will help to remove any build-up of plaque from around the teeth and gums. Regular check-ups with the dentist will also help to identify and treat any problems in their early stages.

– Diets which contain vegetables, vegetable juices, wild caught fish and foods containing fat soluble vitamins are known to help.

The most common gum problems are bacterial infections that lead to inflammation.

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Dr. Colin Conway BDS BSc South Africa

With more than 20 years experience in dental practice, Colin has never been more excited and passionate about his dentistry!

Colin grew up in South Africa, and completed studies toward research science and dentistry degrees in South Africa. He moved from Cape Town to the UK in April 2002, and has worked in some of the UK’s leading dental practices - gaining the experience and confidence to offer a wide range of dental services.

Says Colin: "I often joke that I moved to the UK for the weather! But actually I moved because the UK offers world-class opportunities for dentists to expand their knowledge and skillset, a fact which I have embraced. I am equally comfortable doing a dental check-up and cleaning, placing a dental implant or fitting braces to straighten teeth."

Colin lives in Windsor with his partner and two dogs, enjoying the city/country balance offered by its close proximity to London. On weekends, you’re likely to find him cycling along the river or in some of the great parks surrounding the town.

Dr. Bruce Mutch BDS South Africa

Bruce has been in General Dental Practice for 30 years. Says Bruce: "I have always concentrated on Dental Health, getting patients healthy and showing them how it is possible to keep their own teeth for life.” Bruce has a special interest in Cosmetic Dentistry and Children’s Orthodontics. When he's not doing dentistry, you will find Bruce on the tennis court or walking his dog. "Animals have always been a big part of my life, and in my younger days I used to show jump competitively".