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Healthy Gums, Healthy Teeth

A healthy smile is about more than just your teeth. Gum health can play a major role in the health of your smile, so it’s important to visit a Periodontist (gum specialist) if your gums need help.

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What is a Periodontist?

Dentists, Orthodontists and Periodontists all play very different roles in the health of your smile. If you are experiencing symptoms of gingivitis or progressing periodontal disease, it’s important to visit a Periodontist who can properly diagnose and treat you.

Periodontists can help prevent further gum infections and restore the health of the soft tissues around your teeth and jawbones. If left untreated, gum infections can lead to gum disease and even tooth loss, so it’s vital to keep a close eye on your gum health.

When should I see a Periodontist (gum specialist)?

If you experience any of these signs and symptoms, you should arrange an appointment with a Periodontist as soon as possible.

  • Bleeding while eating or brushing – Unexplained bleeding during meals or daily cleaning is one of the most common signs of infection in your gums.
  • Bad breath: Persistent bad breath (also known as halitosis) can indicate gum infections, periodontitis, or gingivitis.
  • Loose teeth and/or receding gum lines – If your teeth have started to look longer, you may have receding gum lines and bone loss due to periodontal disease. As it progresses and your jawbone deteriorates, your teeth may become loose or be lost altogether.
  • Related health conditions: Poorly controlled diabetes is highly correlated with periodontitis and periodontal infections. The relationship works both ways and the presence of unstable periodontal disease can also affect the control of diabetes.
  • Smoking is a well-known major risk factor for periodontal disease and can also mask the signs of gum disease so you may not notice symptoms until it is at a more advanced stage.

Who is most at risk for gum disease?

Poorly controlled diabetes is highly correlated with periodontitis and periodontal infections. The relationship works both ways and the presence of unstable periodontal disease can also affect the control of diabetes. If you are diabetic, it is important to pay close attention to your gum health.

Smoking is also a well-known major risk factor for periodontal disease and can even mask the signs of gum disease - so you may not notice symptoms until it is at a more advanced stage.

Concerned about your gum health?

If you need to see a Periodontist, contact our team today. Dr Shah, our Specialist Periodontist is available to provide a variety of periodontal treatment in our state-of-the-art practice in Harrow.