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.
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:
Signs of periodontal disease:
Worrying symptoms of periodontitis include:
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.
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:
Risk factors that can worsen the condition include smoking, poor oral health habits, hormonal changes, obesity, poor nutrition and genetics.
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.
Car parking spaces are available near the practice (Colnbrook Street).
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