How your dentist can help combat gum disease

Gum disease is a common problem that your dentist and hygienist can work with you to combat once and for all. At Harley Street Dental Clinic, as well as standard dental and hygiene treatment designed to prevent gum disease from arising, we also offer the services of a dedicated periodontist – a dentist who has undergone additional specialist training to specialise in the treatment of gum disease and other gum problems.

Why gum disease happens

hsdc-gum-diseaseThe main cause of gum disease is dental plaque, which builds up on the surfaces of the teeth. This plaque bacteria starts to irritate and attack the gums, leading in the first instance to gingivitis – the milder form of gum disease.

Even if you have a good home cleaning routine, there may be areas of your mouth that are difficult to reach with brushing and flossing alone. It is here that plaque bacteria can start to collect, and it is essential to visit your dentist and hygienist regularly to remove any plaque build-up.

From gingivitis to periodontitis

Many people will experience mild gum disease (gingivitis) at some point in life. Regular visits to your dentist help to catch the condition early, sometimes even before you have noticed any signs at home.

Left untreated, gingivitis can develop into the more serious form of gum disease, periodontitis. This requires specialist treatment in order to save your teeth. At our Harley Street clinic, our periodontal specialist Dr Pedja Pavlovic is highly experienced in treating even complex cases of periodontitis.

As well as working at Harley Street Dental Clinic, Dr Pavlovic lectures in Periodontology at the Royal London Hospital.

Gum disease symptoms

The best way to prevent gum disease is good dental hygiene. Some of the common symptoms of gingivitis include:

  • Gums that bleed when you brush your teeth
  • Swollen gums (with or without pain)
  • Bad breath

If you spot any of these symptoms, book an appointment with your dentist immediately.