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, Understanding Periodontics – Your Comprehensive Guide to Gum Health

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Across all our dental practices in Surrey and our Harley Street centre, we believe in preventative dentistry and want to provide our patients with the best possible care for their teeth and gums. In this blog, we shed light on periodontics and gum disease, an often-underestimated aspect of oral health. Our dental team aim to keep your gums happy & healthy and to educate you about good dental hygiene habits at home. We offer a one-hour periodontal consultation to assess and address your specific dental needs.

, Understanding Periodontics – Your Comprehensive Guide to Gum Health

Understanding periodontics

Periodontics is a specialised field of dentistry that focuses on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases affecting the supporting structures of the teeth, particularly the gums and surrounding tissues. The health of these structures is crucial for overall oral well-being, as they provide the foundation for a stable and functional smile.

Periodontists, the experts in this field, are skilled in addressing conditions such as gingivitis and periodontitis, working to alleviate inflammation, reduce pocket depths, and restore gum health. Through various non-surgical and surgical procedures, periodontics aims to preserve natural teeth, prevent tooth loss, and enhance the overall aesthetic and functional aspects of a patient’s smile. Regular check-ups with a periodontist can play a vital role in maintaining optimal oral health and preventing the progression of gum diseases.

, Understanding Periodontics – Your Comprehensive Guide to Gum HealthThe stages of gum disease

Gingivitis – this is the earliest stage of gum disease. Gingivitis is characterised by red, swollen gums that may bleed during brushing or flossing. The good news is that gingivitis is entirely reversible with proper oral hygiene practices and regular dental check-ups. During your consultation, our experienced team will guide you on effective techniques to prevent and reverse gingivitis.

Periodontitis – this is the advanced stage of gum disease. If gingivitis is left untreated, it can progress to periodontitis, a more severe form of gum disease. In this stage, the infection can spread to the supporting structures of the teeth, causing pockets to form between the teeth and gums. Professional dental intervention is crucial at this point to prevent further damage. Our team will develop a personalised treatment plan to halt the progression of periodontitis and restore your gum health.

Symptoms of gum disease

  • Inflammation
  • Redness
  • Bleeding after brushing
  • Receding gums
  • Bad breath
  • Bright red or purplish gums
  • Changes in the way your teeth fit together

Catch gum disease early

If gum disease is allowed to worsen without proper care, it can lead to more serious issues such as receding gums, deteriorating bone, and ultimately, tooth loss. Our goal is to catch and address these issues in their early stages to ensure the best possible outcome for your oral health.

, Understanding Periodontics – Your Comprehensive Guide to Gum HealthPreventing gum disease

The best way to prevent gum disease is to make sure plaque is removed effectively. This means you need a thorough home care routine with plenty of brushing and flossing, and you should see the hygienist so your teeth can be properly ‘scaled and polished’. You also need to see your dentist regularly so any changes can be detected before they worsen. Other ways you can reduce your risk of developing the disease include giving up smoking, reducing stress and eating a well-balanced diet.

Finance options for optimal dental health

We understand that maintaining excellent dental health is an investment. To make it more accessible, we offer several finance options at our Sync Dental practices. Our friendly team will work with you to find a plan that suits your budget, ensuring that you can receive the necessary treatments without compromising your financial stability.

Book a consultation

At our Surrey-based dental practice, we are committed to providing comprehensive care for your gums and teeth. Don’t wait until symptoms escalate – schedule your one-hour consultation today. Whether you’re dealing with gingivitis, periodontitis, or simply want to maintain optimal oral health, our experienced team is here to guide you every step of the way. Contact us to explore finance options and embark on a journey towards a healthier, more confident smile. Your oral health is our priority.


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