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Dealing with gum disease with our dentist Richmond

A proportion of adults in the UK have gum disease to some degree, suffering from symptoms at least once in their lifetime. There are different stages of gum disease; gingivitis is the most common form of gum disease that causes irritation, redness, bad breath, and swelling of the part of your gum around the base of your teeth. Studies in the USA and the UK suggest that gingivitis affects 50–90% of the adult population to some extent. The most common indicator is bleeding when you brush or floss. Gingivitis is reversible and it can be treated by maintaining a good dental hygiene routine and visiting our dentist Richmond on a regular basis. If you notice any signs or symptoms, visit us at Sheen Dental urgently to prevent further complications.

Our dentist Richmond will be able to detect signs of gum disease at the onset during a routine dental examination. They will monitor the health of your gums overtime, encouraging you to visit the dentist more often to make sure you maintain good oral health.


Periodontitis occurs when gingivitis is left untreated; when untreated, gingivitis can damage the soft tissue and bone supporting the teeth. If you have mild gingivitis, it can take several months to develop into periodontitis. However, if you have severe gingivitis, this can result in periodontitis in as little as a few days. This is why it is very important that you contact our dentist Richmond immediately if you notice any symptoms of gingivitis. The symptoms of periodontitis are equally as unpleasant and can include bad breath that does not go away, even after you brush your teeth.

If you do not speak to our dentist about getting treatment for gum disease, or if you avoid visiting the dentist then this can eventually result in irreversible damage and cause tooth loss. There is also strong evidence to show that periodontal disease is associated with an increased risk of developing other potentially fatal diseases. Studies show that patients with periodontal disease are at an increased risk of developing mental health issues, autoimmune disease, cardiovascular disease, and metabolic disorders such as Type 2 diabetes.

By booking an appointment with our dentist in Richmond at Sheen Dental, you will be able to find out how severe your disease is. Our dentist will carry out a thorough examination of your teeth and gums, looking for signs of gum recession and bone loss, and carry out x-rays to see the effect that the disease has had on the supporting structures of the teeth. Our dentist will be able to put together an individually tailored treatment plan for you, and the degree of treatment you require will depend on how advanced the disease is. We may be able to save your teeth but if there is irreversible damage then we may need to extract the tooth or teeth and offer you restorative dental treatment. Speak to us at Sheen Dental today to find out more.


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