The world of gum health is changing and dentists and hygienists are learning that we need to rethink our actions after screening for gum disease.

Have you ever wondered what the numbers we call during your appointment mean? This is us scoring your gums between 0 and 4. Zero is the best you can get, meaning your gums are perfect! While 4 can indicate gum disease.

It’s pretty black and white, says Hull dentist, Nick Allday, the principal dentist at Manor Dental Health in Hull.

Score 1 A score of 1 means that you have some plaque or bleeding from the edges of your gums.
Score 2 2 means there is some hardened dead plaque attached to your teeth, which some gentle cleaning and a little oral health education can help with.
Score 3 It’s the 3 scores that present the difficulty. It is where we are in the balance between health and disease. The biofilm increases or the risk factor balance changes and you have a diagnosis of gum disease.
 Score 4 4 indicates gum disease, if you are diagnosed with gum disease we can work with you to create a thorough plan on how to best treat this.

On the other side we can move to health. The latest thinking shows clinicians need to be more proactive when we find 3 scores and revisit why they are there.

Here we need to make you aware of how you should be cleaning your teeth but also considering the factors that may be influencing your gum health.

What can affect my gum health? 

  • Smoking
  • Certain illnesses
  • Stress
  • Untitled designLack of exercise
  • Depression,
  • Loneliness
  • Poor nutrition

If you smoke 10 cigarettes a day you are 3 to 7 times more at risk of gum disease than non-smokers, therefore, giving up smoking can greatly improve your oral hygiene. Those with diabetes that is not controlled are 3 times more at risk.

So, that’s why the team at Manor Dental Health may talk to you even more about your gums when we see you.

If you have any concerns about the health of your gums, please talk to us on 01482 563593. Contact us now for details or to book an appointment.