Gum Disease

Reverse gum disease before it's too late

  • Throbbing, sore gums?
  • Gums bleeding more regularly?
  • Bad breath that doesn’t go away?
  • Receding gums

When your gums begin to bleed, it’s your sign to act fast. More than detrimental to oral health, allowing gum disease to thrive in the mouth untreated can lead to disastrous consequences. Book an appointment with us today and start managing your gum disease better while it might still be reversible. Register as a new patient.

Treatments to help with gum disease

The symptoms of gum disease are hard to ignore, but it’s even worse when teeth become wobbly and loose. Get help before it’s too late. Here are our recommended treatments for the different stages of gum disease, which can prevent tooth loss and gum shrinkage.

“I have been seeing George for several years now and his work is always impeccable. He does both the check-ups and cleaning for my regular visits, which I like, and my teeth always feels so clean and I feel assured the health of my teeth and gums after his inspection.”

At-home intervention

Once gum disease progresses past the gingivitis stage, you can do little at home in the way of natural remedies. Advanced cleaning and a good oral hygiene routine will be essential, but be careful not to brush too hard, which might cause the gums to recede even more.

If you have gum disease, the best approach is to involve a dental professional from the get-go. They might be able to reverse gum disease if you seek help early enough, but they will monitor your journey, advising on treatment plans that stop your symptoms from progressing or worsening.

Regular hygiene cleans are important, where a hygienist will be able to remove bacteria that you won’t be able to reach alone.

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Stages of gum disease:

  • Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease, where symptoms present themselves as tender gums that bleed when prodded or brushed. As we can reverse gum disease in this early stage, we must visit our hygienists before the disease progresses and more severe, irreversible symptoms arrive. Recommended treatments for gingivitis involve deep cleaning and regular hygienist sessions. Costs from £155.
  • Periodontitis is when plaque has reached below the gum line, producing toxins that trigger inflammation, causing the gums to recede and pockets to form between teeth. Patients, for example, might notice their gums separating from their teeth, which might cause the teeth to loosen. Damage to the bone is common, and the involvement of periodontist at this stage is essential. Advanced hygiene and periodontal appointments might cost upwards of £195.
  • Advanced Periodontitis is the stage where all symptoms worsen, teeth become loose, bone loss continues, gums swell, and tooth loss is eventual. Gum recession is common, and treatments like laser gum graft surgery might be necessary to improve the gums’ health and appearance.

Symptoms of gum disease

  • Swollen, tender and puffy gums
  • Red gums that bleed easily
  • Spitting out blood when brushing or flossing teeth
  • Persistent bad breath (halitosis)
  • Heightened tooth sensitivity and pain when chewing
  • New spaces, gaps or pockets that develop between teeth appear like black triangles
  • Receding gums that are pulling away from teeth, giving the appearance of longer-than-usual teeth
  • Changes to your bite
  • See gum disease and overall health

Risk factors

Factors that increase the likelihood of developing gum disease or worsen the symptoms include:

  • Developing gingivitis from poor oral health care habits
  • Smoking and obesity
  • Poor nutrition and low vitamin C levels
  • Hormonal changes related to pregnancy
  • Certain medications that cause dry mouth
  • Genetics and disease like diabetes

How to prevent gum disease?

There are only two things you can do to prevent gum disease:

  • Practice good at-home oral care: Brushing your teeth for two minutes twice daily (in the morning and before bed), ensuring you floss at least once a day, too. Flossing before brushing your teeth allows better cleaning of loosened food bits and bacteria. Advanced oral hygiene routines ensure your teeth and gums remain from bacteria that cause periodontal disease to thrive.
  • Regular hygiene visits are essential, too – seeing the dentist or hygienist for regular cleaning every 3-12 months will help you keep the risk factors of developing periodontitis low. After a periodontal assessment, we’ll be able to put you on a treatment plan that outlines the frequency of your deep cleans to ensure your mouth stays as healthy as possible.

Complications of gum disease

Do not take gum disease lightly. Periodontitis can cause tooth loss, and the bacteria it causes can enter your bloodstream and affect other parts of your body, too. Periodontitis is linked to other general conditions like respiratory disease and problems controlling your blood sugar in diabetes.

Gum disease on an oral level is difficult to live with; not only will it affect your smile’s appearance due to longer teeth, exposed tooth roots and receding gums, but as the condition advances, it becomes more painful, leading to heightened sensitivity and pulsing gums. On top of this, patients will have to live with persistent bad breath that does not go away through teeth cleaning alone.

Gum disease is scary because once you let it progress past gingivitis, it cannot be reversed, and it’s something you’ll have to live with for the rest of your life, without the right precautions and care, you’ll start to lose your teeth, which comes with its own set of problems.

John Bridger
John Bridger
2023-10-27

I’ve been seeing George for over 15 years. One of my best decisions. Teeth needed serious attention and were immediately “rescued”. They have been maintained to an excellent level ever since. Fantastic treatment and continuing results.

Mark Young
Mark Young
2023-10-06

American 🇺🇸 Pilot with a very busy schedule. Was in London of one of my many layovers summer 2023. Had not been to a dentist in sometime. Was in need of a deep scaling for oral hygiene and start pains of a Carrie. I’m one of those and for all work completed under N20 (Nitrous Oxide Gas) for seems to be only way. He was able to see me and complete this matter swiftly and professionally. Didn’t scare me out of the chair. Recommend this practice and would return on a layover.

Kirsten Alexandria H
Kirsten Alexandria H
2023-09-06

One of the best dental experiences I have ever had! Such a caring and confident team of people.

Angie Moyn
Angie Moyn
2023-08-29

Thanks for giving me back my smile! 👍😄

Eleni Kyriacou
Eleni Kyriacou
2023-08-20

I recently had the pleasure of visiting CapCityDental for a dental cleaning, and I must say, it was an exceptional experience from start to finish. As someone who prioritizes oral health, I’ve had my fair share of dental appointments, but this one truly stood out. From the moment I walked in, I felt welcomed and at ease, setting the tone for a fantastic dental cleaning session.

The moment I stepped into the clinic, the friendly receptionist – Michael, greeted me with a warm smile and efficiently took care of the check-in process. The waiting area was clean, comfortable, and featured modern decor that helped create a relaxing atmosphere. It was clear that the staff at at CapCityDental value professionalism and patient comfort.

Dr. George, the senior dental hygienist was a true expert in his field. He took the time to explain the entire cleaning process, making sure I was comfortable and informed every step of the way. Indeed, it did feel like a warm hug. Furthermore, his dental nurse Marilou was just a gem. Her gentle yet thorough approach put me at ease, and I could sense her commitment to delivering top-notch oral care. It’s evident that CapCityDental has a team that’s passionate about what they do.

What truly sets CapCityDental apart was their dedication to personalized care and patient education. The hygienist nurse took the time to discuss my oral health habits and offered valuable insights on how to improve my routine. She answered all my questions patiently, showing a genuine interest in my oral health journey. This level of individualized attention left a lasting impression on me.

In conclusion, my dental cleaning experience at CapCityDental was nothing short of outstanding. From the moment I walked in to the moment I left, I felt valued as a patient and confident in the care I received. The professionalism, expertise, and genuine concern for patient well-being were evident throughout. I wholeheartedly recommend this clinic to anyone seeking exceptional dental care in a welcoming and modern environment.

I’m already looking forward to my next visit!

Lee Foulger
Lee Foulger
2023-07-30

I had emergency root canal with George and team, and subsequent fillings and hygiene. The service and quality of finish was impeccable. Excellent communication and a focus on patient experience puts you at ease from the start. The after care is also excellent. Couldn’t recommend enough.

Sarah Brooks-Wilkins
Sarah Brooks-Wilkins
2023-07-11

I have been so incredibly impressed with my experiences at CAP City Dental. George has been so professional, caring and clearly has a wealth of experience within dentistry. I have had a variety of treatments over many years with George and he is the only dentist I have ever come across that has been able to ease my anxiety surrounding dental treatment. The new Austin Friars premises is so well located in the heart of London and it’s actually a tranquil experience to attend appointments.100% recommended!

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
2023-07-06

George and his team have been looking after me for almost 10 years now. When George took me on, my teeth were in a very sorry state. Since then George has worked very hard to improve the function, health and look of my teeth.

Thanks to George I only require routine checkups and the odd piece of work now. Seeing George has made going to the dentist a breeze and a very happy social occasion!

I can’t recommend George highly enough. The best dentist I’ve ever had. Very attentive and caring…with exquisite attention to detail; second to none.

I should also mention that the new location in Austin Friars is a lovely calm oasis in the heart of the City. Modern health setting in a historic built environment.

Thanks George.

Roslyn 2023
Roslyn 2023
2023-07-05

I had a tooth that was causing me severe pain. I was feeling highly anxious because my previous dentist treated the wrong tooth. My childhood orthodontist left me with an occlusion and had taken out too many teeth. I was having trouble finding a dentist who would not only treat my gaps and cavities, but would also provide an unbiased opinion of my previous treatments. After appointments with other clinics, I found Cap City Dental. Dr Druttman, Marilou, Reni and Michael were welcoming. They helped me correct years of problems in just three visits over as many weeks. The team genuinely try to understand what you are trying to achieve. They don’t push you to have work done. I particularly appreciated Dr Druttman’s comprehensive reports in which he provided his professional opinion on what happened and what should happen moving forward. I highly recommend them not only because they make sure you feel comfortable, but provide you with enough information to ensure you can make an informed decision.

Ellie DB
Ellie DB
2023-06-15

I’ve had a brilliant experience of visiting Capcity Dental. Everyone is friendly, the appointments were always convenient and it’s a relaxed environment. Plus, the quality of the service is excellent: they are perfectionists, which is exactly what you want! Thank you