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Gum Disease Dentists & Treatments in South Bank

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  • Gum disease experts are on-site and available daily
  • A five-minute walk from South Bank station

Mint Dental Clinic is a local London dentist in South Bank, serving patients near Waterloo, Southbank, Blackfriars, Embankment and Kennington.

Gum disease or periodontitis is a widespread condition, but that does not mean to say that it’s not preventable.

Usually, as a result of poor oral hygiene, gum disease often occurs when patients neglect their oral health or avoid getting regular dental check-ups.

By frequently visiting the dentist and hygienist, we can improve the chances of successful periodontitis treatment, as well as reduce the chance of developing the condition, to begin with.

However, we understand that the symptoms and consequences of gum disease can be frightening. But don’t worry; Mint Dental Clinic employs gum and periodontal care specialists who know how to repair your smile and possibly reverse the condition.

Dental treatments we offer in South Bank
Fillings | Root Canal | Dental Crowns | Hygienist | Tooth Extractions

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Symptoms of gum disease

The below points will walk you through the signs and symptoms of each stage and progression of gum disease. While we do not advocate for self-diagnosis, here are the potential signs that often point toward a gum infection:

Early warning signs of gingivitis:

  • Swollen and or red, puffy gums
  • Bleeding gums that bleed when brushing or flossing
  • Bad breath (halitosis)
  • Tender, sore gums and teeth

Signs of periodontal disease:

  • Receding gums
  • Black triangular-shaped pockets between teeth
  • Loose and sensitive teeth
  • Pain when chewing or eating

Worrying symptoms of periodontitis include:

  • Exposed tooth roots
  • New spaces developing between teeth
  • Bad breath or a bad taste that won’t go away
  • Changes to your bite / how teeth fit together
  • Tooth loss

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When to see our London dentists

Even if you display the early signs of gum disease (gingivitis), we advise you to book an appointment with one of our periodontists urgently.

The sooner you act and seek care, the better your chances of reversing the damage.

When gum disease has advanced to periodontitis, there will be nothing we can do to reverse the condition completely, but we will be able to treat it. However, each dental case is unique, and without visiting our specialist gum disease dentist, we will not know what is possible until after a consultation.

With gum disease, time is against you. Patients are advised to act quickly to preserve and save their oral condition.

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Causes and risk factors

In many cases, the development of periodontitis often begins with plaque and tartar build-up. Plaque consists of bacteria as a sticky film on the teeth and gums.

When left untreated, plaque turns into tartar, and tartar advances to periodontitis.

Here’s the journey:

  1. Plaque forms on the teeth when teeth are not brushed twice daily as plaque re-forms quickly.
  2. Plaque begins to harden under the gum line and turns into tartar (calculus), which stays on your teeth and can only be removed by a dental professional. The longer plaque and tartar stay on your teeth, the more damage they cause.
  3. The mildest form of gum disease, gingivitis, develops and begins to irritate and inflame your gums. At this stage, gingivitis can be reversed with professional treatment and outstanding at-home oral care and hygiene.
  4. Ongoing inflammation in the gums leads to periodontal disease, which eventually causes pockets to form between teeth. In time, these pockets deepen and fill with more and more bacteria. When not treated, these infections cause tissue and bone loss in the jaw, which consequently causes tooth loss of one or more teeth. As a side note, ongoing and chronic inflammation strains your immune system.

Risk factors that can worsen the condition include smoking, poor oral health habits, hormonal changes, obesity, poor nutrition and genetics.

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Prevention and treatment

The most obvious way to prevent periodontitis is to follow a strong oral hygiene program and visit a dental hygienist or gum specialist regularly.

Sadly, there is no quick fix at home, and once the problem begins to grow out of control and tartar begins to form, the only way to get better is to involve a dental professional. Without involving us in the early stages, you’ll allow your gum disease to progress and put yourself at risk of losing your otherwise perfect, natural teeth.

To prevent gum disease, we would advise visiting the hygienist regularly for cleanings, often every six months.

The best way to prevent periodontitis is to follow a program of good oral hygiene, one that you begin early and practise consistently throughout life. For those with particular risk factors that could increase their chances of developing periodontitis, you might require professional cleaning more often.


Andrew Forysth
Andrew Forysth
4 years a customer and always professional yet friendly service. Corrected my major issues (fillings/caps) and while they're keen to ensure ongoing 'perfect teeth' they don't hard sell peripheral / optional treatments. Highly recommended
Lucy MacCarthy
Lucy MacCarthy
I was looking for somewhere with a personal touch, that I could trust and that’s what I got at Mint. They always remember my name and are so polite. After a year of zoom meetings I really wanted my teeth to be straight and the results completely surpassed my expectations. I now feel comfortable taking photos! The team explained everything clearly (I felt I could ask anything multiple times) appointments were always organised and it was a really easy, worthwhile process. My teeth look like my teeth but are now at their best.
Jack Bell
Jack Bell
The clinic is a really lovely place to visit - it is extremely clean and all of the staff are very friendly. They were kind and reassuring all the way through my Invisalign treatment - as well as having amazing technology at their disposal. Dr Imran is so accommodating and kept everything simple, addressing any concerns straight away. All in all I would definitely recommend Mint Dental Clinic, a lovely experience all round.
Mitos Sangil
Mitos Sangil
Dr Patel has done very good job. He explains the procedure very well. He is very skilled. Staff are very friendly and accommodative. I booked for emergency procedure and the team are so quick to respond. The clinic is also very clean. Over all , I highly recommend Mint Clinic in St Georges road to everyone who gets problem with their teeth. 👏👏👏👍👍👍
Cesar Vicente
Cesar Vicente
Amazing experience at Mint dental clinic. Dr R Patel best dentist that has worked on my teeth.He explained all the treatment and has lots of experience. The staff is very friendly and very welcoming. They make you feel right at home. Assistant is very professional and very personable. Really happy with my Invisalign journey and the result.
Charlotte Fox
Charlotte Fox
Best dentist I’ve ever had! Have completed a year of Invisalign with Dr Patel and he has been so reassuring and kind throughout. From the reception staff to hygenists they really go above and beyond to make you feel looked after and special. I couldn’t recommend them enough!
Thomas Geoffrey
Thomas Geoffrey
Over the past six years Dr Raj and Preanka and all of the team at Mint have been exceptional. Every member of the team is exemplary at their expertise and I've never felt in better hands at the dentist. Affordable and top of the range, I would recommend them to anyone.
Mose Aitch
Mose Aitch
Excellent dental practice. A very smartly turned-out surgery. Staff are polite and very professional. I am impressed with the modern teeth scanning equipment. Dr Raj Patel will put you at ease. He is highly professional dentist. I have no problem in recommending Dr Patel and the rest of the Mint team.

Car parking spaces are available near the practice (Colnbrook Street).

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