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Periodontics Richmond

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








Yes! Even the most severe cases of gum disease can be cured, but the sooner its caught, the easier and faster the treatment time. Here at Whitehouse dental, we’ve years of experience treating gum disease in Richmond, from mild symptoms to severe periodontitis – so you can be confident that with us, you’re in the very best of hands.
Although gum disease is unpleasant and can lead to severe issues if left untreated, there are a range of early signs that are easy to spot, once you know what you’re looking out for! Some of the most common early symptoms of gum disease include: Bad breath Red swollen gums Bleeding gums when you brush or eat hard foods Tooth sensitivity Loose teeth Receding gums Any of these symptoms can suggest the beginnings of gum disease, but when caught early treatment is usually quick, painless and straightforward.
There is no universal answer to this, and it can differ from patient to patient. Generally speaking, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis in as little as a few weeks, however, it’s more likely that your case will become more severe over the course of a few months. It’s always best to get your symptoms checked out as early as you can to avoid your gum disease from progressing.
More often than not, gum disease that is left untreated will lead to tooth loss, however, there are other symptoms that you could experience, including: Mouth sores Sensitive teeth Chronic bad breath Receding gums Gaps in your teeth If you’re struggling with any of the types of symptoms associated with gum disease in Richmond, get in touch with our team who’d be more than happy to help.

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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