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Why Your Gum Health Is So Important to Us

When many people hear the word ‘dentist’, they automatically just think about teeth. While your teeth are something we obviously care deeply about, gum health is also something we’re concerned with too.

Gingivitis and periodontitis are two forms of gum disease. While gingivitis is the milder form, and most common, many people go on to develop full-blown periodontitis. This may start with bleeding gums, however, if overlooked, it could end in the loss of bone in your jaw.

At Woodborough House Dental Practice, we have a periodontics expert in our midst. A registered specialist in periodontics with the General Dental Council, Dr Kuljeet Mehta is highly experienced at providing the care and support needed to ensure periodontitis is something you can avoid.

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What Are the Signs of Gum Disease?

There are several symptoms of gum disease that you should keep an eye out for. These include:

  • Red, swollen, bleeding, or receding gums
  • Gum inflammation
  • Bad breath (halitosis)
  • Unpleasant taste in your mouth
  • Increased gum size
  • Periodontal pockets (these are gaps that form in your gums when they move away from your teeth)
  • Bone loss in your jaw
  • Peri-implantitis (this occurs when the tissue surrounding a dental implant becomes inflamed)

If you have one or more of these symptoms, making an appointment with Kuljeet will allow us to change the course of your periodontitis.

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Root Planing

There are some parts of the tooth that are impossible to clean using a toothbrush. These are just below the gumline. While you might not be able to get your toothbrush in there, plaque and tartar can quite easily build up down there.

We use a technique called root planing to scale the depths of your teeth’s roots and clean the pockets in the gums, preventing bone loss.

To achieve the best possible results, we recommend that this treatment be carried out regularly. When we carry out a periodontal consultation, we’ll also give you advice on helping maintain the best standard of dental hygiene above the gumline to complement the root planing procedure.

Don’t Let Your Gums Become an Afterthought

To book a consultation with Dr Kuljeet Mehta, get in touch today.

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