Free Gum Health Check

Help diagnose any potential gum disease

Gum Health Checks

Gum disease (or periodontal disease) is caused by bacteria collecting at the gum line in the form of dental plaque. The plaque needs to be removed by brushing and cleaning between the teeth twice a day. If not properly cleaned, the gum starts to become inflamed and swollen - eventually coming away from the tooth, forming pockets and allowing plaque to grow below the gum line. Over time, the bone that supports the teeth is destroyed and your gums shrink, eventually making your teeth wobbly and causing them to fall out.

Periodontal disease is usually pain-free (it is sometimes called ‘the silent disease’) so you may be unaware of it until your dentist or hygienist checks for it.

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People with a higher risk of gum disease

Most people can get mild gum disease but some people are susceptible to more aggressive forms. Severe gum disease, especially if you have it at a young age, can run in families.

There are a few factors that put people at higher risk of getting severe gum disease. These include:

  • diabetes (especially if poorly controlled)
  • smoking (possibly including e-cigarettes)
  • stress
  • a poor diet lacking in vitamins and minerals
  • obesity
  • certain medication
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Gum Disease - red flags to watch out for

Here are some symptoms you may notice that should raise concern:

  • Bleeding gums when brushing (or even while eating)
  • Red, swollen gums
  • Bad breath
  • Spaces appearing between your teeth
  • Loose teeth or teeth moving position in your mouth
  • Receding gums
  • Sensitivity to cold or hot food and drink
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About the FREE gum health check

Following the lockdown because of COVID-19, the incidence of gum disease has increased. Here at American Smile we are offering a FREE gum health (periodontal disease) check, which can help diagnose any potential gum disease. During your check up, Dr Suraj will:

  1. Ask about your previous dental experiences and your expectations. He will listen to you and talk through any concerns you have.
  2. Perform a screening of your gums and assess your overall gum health.
  3. Perform an oral cancer screening of your lips, tongue, cheeks, palate, the floor of your mouth, and the opening of your throat. If there are any contentious signs, we will immediately refer you for a detailed assessment by a specialist. Dr Suraj will take notes on any areas of concern and discuss them with you afterwards.
  4. Provide specific advice on how to keep your gums and mouth disease-free, including oral health and dietary advice. He will also provide you with a detailed treatment plan and other suggestions to give you a healthy mouth.

The consultation lasts 30 minutes.

Please note that we will require £50 as a booking deposit, which is refundable on the day of your appointment.

Are you worried about gum disease? Do you have any questions about the gum health? For more information, or to schedule an a Free Gum Health Check up with Dr Suraj, please contact our dental clinic.

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