I am registered as a Specialist in Periodontics with the General Dental Council and have spent much of my career in this field, working with thousands of patients to improve the health of their gums. I accept referrals from other dentists and individual self-referrals for the treatment of all aspects of gum disease.
Periodontitis, or 'gum disease', is one of the most common diseases in the world. In the UK, one in four people over the age of 40 have experienced or currently have gum disease, which is mainly caused by bacteria that forms plaque on the inside of the mouth.
Smokers are seven times more likely to experience gum disease than non-smokers, but it can also be hereditary. Medical conditions, such as diabetes, can reduce the ability of tissues to heal, which means that advanced gum disease is more common in diabetics.
Left untreated, gum disease can cause your gums to become red, swollen and to bleed easily when you brush your teeth. Eventually, it can result in receding gums and tooth loss.
As gum disease is generally painless, you may not even be aware that you have it, which is why it is so important to attend regular dental and hygienist appointments. Let us know if you are experiencing any of the following signs or symptoms:
• Bleeding gums when you brush your teeth
• Red, swollen and possibly tender gums
• Persistent bad breath
• Gums that have pulled away from your teeth
• Receding gums that look 'long in the tooth'
• Pus or discharge around your gums
• A change in the way your teeth bite together
I am able to treat gum disease using a range of techniques designed to remove and control the bacteria above and below the gum.
'Root planing' or 'deep cleaning' treatments, for example, are highly effective and can be carried out under local anaesthetic.
You can help prevent or stop gum disease by cleaning your mouth properly twice a day. As well as tooth brushing, you should clean between the teeth with interdental brushes and floss, and use mouthwashes. I will be happy to explain more about how you can maximise your oral hygiene.