Gum disease: what a dentist can do to save your smile

Regular visits to a dentist and hygienist are vital in fighting gum disease. At Harley Street Dental Clinic, our unique collection of dental experts can treat gum problems effectively, even if you have developed the more advanced form of gum disease, periodontitis.

gum diseaseGum disease is a very common condition and many people will experience it at some point in their life. Caught early, it can be treated and managed without too many problems. However, it is also one of the leading causes of tooth loss for adults in the UK. By attending six-month check-ups with your dentist, alongside regular dental hygiene appointments, you can minimise the chances of the condition becoming serious.

Often, your dentist or hygienist will be able to spot the early signs of gum disease even before you have experienced any noticeable symptoms at home. However, if you do spot any early warning signs, you should book an appointment at Harley Street Dental Clinic as soon as possible. We are proud to focus on preventative dentistry, and can help you get back to full oral health.

What are the early signs of gum disease?

Gum disease often starts to develop without many noticeable symptoms. However, early warning signs include:

  • Bleeding gums, particularly when you brush your teeth
  • Red, swollen gums, that may or may not be painful
  • Persistent bad breath without an obvious cause

Should you experience any of these symptoms, you should see a dentist as soon as you can. Early intervention makes the condition easier to treat, and can ultimately save your teeth.

Left untreated, the early form of gum disease – called gingivitis – can develop into the more serious form, periodontitis, which causes tooth loss.

Harley Street Dental Clinic’s specialist periodontist, Dr Pedja Pavlovic, can treat even complex cases of periodontitis, so even if you have developed the advanced form of gum disease, we will do everything we can to preserve your teeth.