quality family dentistry in Richmond for over 25 years


COVID-19 - We are Open

Please be assured that we are still seeing patients for face-to-face appointments during lockdown.

As a healthcare provider, we have always adhered to high infection control standards. Based on government guidance our practice continues to adapt and intensify our protocols so our staff can care for our patients safely while the coronavirus remains a threat to everyone’s health.

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Healthy Gums vs. Unhealthy Gums

– Why you need healthy gums

If you have healthy gums, they will look firm and pink. Some signs of unhealthy gums include redness and swelling, gums that bleed when you brush or floss your teeth, and gums that appear to be pulling away from the teeth. There are a few factors that can undermine healthy gums, including smoking, poor diet, poor cleaning, and poor immunity due to more severe medical problems. Also, certain medications can promote gum disease.

It’s important to remember that healthy gums aren’t just important for your oral health. Maintaining healthy gums can also be important for your overall health. Numerous research studies suggest an association between periodontitis and other more serious chronic health conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. In fact, there are now several studies that suggest an association between advanced gum disease and heart disease or stroke

What is Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is a form of gum disease that happens when plaque, a naturally-occurring sticky film containing bacteria, builds up on teeth and causes the inflammation of the surrounding gum tissue. Plaque produces toxins that irritate the gums. This can cause the gums to become inflamed, making them red or puffy, or causing them to bleed. This harmful plaque bacteria can even lead to issues beyond gingivitis like weakened tooth enamel.

Q: Is gingivitis reversible?
A: Fortunately, gingivitis can usually be reversed with the help of Dr Burns or one of our hygienists

What is Periodontitis?

Periodontitis refers to advanced periodontal disease. With periodontitis, the gum tissue pulls away from the teeth, creating pockets where additional bacteria can build up and cause an infection. Treatment of advanced periodontal disease is a multi-step process.

Q: Is periodontitis reversible?
A: Unfortunately, periodontitis cannot be reversed. With the help of Dr Burns and our hygienists, we have the latest techniques and most up to date treatments to stabilise the problems.

Q: Why Choose Us for your Periodontal Care?

A:  The surgeon’s skill, experience, and credentials should be taken into account before committing to any procedure.  It is also important to find a clinician who listens to you to understand your individual needs and goals, and who you feel comfortable communicating with throughout the entire treatment process. Dr Burns has trained at some of the most respected institutions in the world in both Bern and Munich. Together with our vastly experienced hygiene team, we pride ourselves on our results. Please see our reviews

What other procedures do we undertake?

Cosmetic Gum Recontouring

Cosmetic Gum Restoration - Whitehouse Dental

Cosmetic Gum Restoration – Whitehouse Dental

Tunnelling to reduce or eliminate receded gums

Tunnelling To Reduce Gum Retreat - Whitehouse Dental


locate our dental practice

The Whitehouse Dental Clinic, 12c Princes Road, Richmond, Surrey, TW93HP.

If you are looking for the very best in dentistry then look no further

We’ll be pleased to discuss your needs with a simple, no obligation consultation. Call us today on 02089403444 or e-mail us on: [email protected] for further information.

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