Upwell Road Dental Centre Cottenham Dental Practice
Upwell Road Dental CentreCottenham Dental Practice

Periodontal treatment: maintaining the condition of your teeth

Healthy gums are very important for ensuring you have a healthy mouth.


Gingivitis is when the gums are inflammed, red and swollen, often the swollen gums bleed when they are brushed during cleaning. 


Long standing gingivitis can turn into periodontal (gum) disease, there are varying degrees of periodontal disease, however if the condition goes untreated over time teeth can become loose and eventually fall out.


The first signs of gingivitis/periodontal disease is blood on the toothbrush, your gums may also bleed when you are eating, leaving a bad taste in your mouth and your breath may also become unpleasant.


The first thing to do is visit your dentist.


Your dentist will do a thorough examination including measuring between the gum and tooth of each tooth to see if there is any sign that periodontal disease has started, x-rays may also be taken to help with the assessment. If there is evidence of gingivits/periodontal disease your dentist will give your teeth a thorough clean, this may take several sessions, you will be given oral hygiene instruction to be carried out yourself at home and if further treatment is needed your dentist may discuss referring you to a periodontal specialist.


Good oral hygiene is important to keep your gums healthy and preventing gum disease. Please ask your dentist for more information on keeping your gums healthy also see Prevention


Making an appointment:

Any further questions?

Contact us:

Upwell Road Dental Centre

84 Upwell Road



PE15 0DA


Ground Floor Tel:

01354 653539


First Floor Tel:

01354 651046 


Opening hours:

Monday to Fridays: 08:40 am to 12:30pm & 01:30 pm to 05:10pm

Saturdays by arrangement




Cottenham Dental Practice

The Old Telephone Exchange

40 Margett Street



CB24 8QY



01954 251696 


Opening hours:

Monday to Fridays: 09:00 am to 01:00pm & 02:00 pm to 05:30pm

Saturdays by arrangement



If you have a problem outside our opening hours, please see the emergency plan.


Updated: February 2020


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