Gum disease is caused by a build-up of plaque on the teeth

Plaque is a sticky substance that contains bacteria. Some of these bacteria are harmless, but some are harmful for the health of your gums. ‘Unfortunately’ gum disease is normally not painful. The gums may bleed, you may feel some bad taste in your mouth and to be honest your breath is likely to have bad smell but there will be no symptom that would force you to seek for urgent help.
Many people think that there is no help at all, it is something that they have to accept and live with, but this is definitely not true.

There are four factors that influence the occurrence of gum disease: genetic and hereditary factors, general health, daily oral hygiene routine and frequency of visits to the dentist/hygienist.
This complexity of the causes suggests that nobody is helpless; if you „inherited bad teeth” as many patients say, you can balance it out with better cleaning and more frequent visits to the dentist.

At Dentart surgery we offer free check-ups and we are happy to advise patients about how to improve their oral health and treat or prevent gum disease.

Please call us on 0208 741 5185 or e-mail to for a free assessment; our surgery is open 7 days a week.