Yew Tree Dental Care and Implant Centre is an award-winning, family-led specialist dental practice based in Slough that is on hand to assist with all of your dental needs. Whether you need a specialist dentist for a specific treatment, an emergency appointment or simply a local dentist near you, we have all the expertise and know-how to keep you smiling happily.
Here at Yew Tree, we are proud of all the staff that work tirelessly to provide you with the best dental care possible. However, patients have recently been lauding the work of Dr Narinder Dhadwal, our periodontal specialist who is the inspiration for this month’s blog.
Dr Narinder is a valued member of the team who specialises in everything gum-related, recently taking a particular interest in the treatment of gum recession. This blog focuses on everything periodontal (relating to the gums) and discusses several areas of dental hygiene, providing you with advice on how to avoid gum disease and the general practices you should follow to keep your gums in the best of health.
How to Spot Gum Disease
When it comes to having a healthy smile, gleaming, straight teeth aren’t everything. Even if you are cavity-free and haven’t had a dental problem since day one, you may still be prone to gum disease. Instead of worrying about whiteness, you should be paying close attention to plaque, the plague of all healthy mouths.
Plaque is a sticky substance that forms as leftover food particles and saliva start to build up. It is the main cause of gum disease and can be responsible for numerous infections and even tooth decay. If you think that you are developing gum disease, you should keep an eye out in case your gums become:
Tender or swollen
More prone to bleeding
In severe cases of gum disease, the bones that hold your teeth in place will be impacted – this can result in your bite becoming wonky, and in drastic cases, your teeth may need to be removed.
Preventing Gum Disease
The best way to manage gum disease is to ensure you never get it in the first place! Most mild cases of gum disease can usually be treated by simply keeping up a good level of oral hygiene, however, in some cases, you may need to visit a dental hygienist to give your mouth a thorough clean and remove any pesky plaque that has hidden away in those unreachable corners of your mouth.
We have included these top tips for preventing gum disease and keeping on top of your dental hygiene:
Floss, whenever you can, at least once a day. Flossing helps target the areas of your mouth that your brush can’t always reach, removing a good chunk of hidden plaque. It doesn’t matter when you floss, only if you floss.
Brush your teeth after every meal, for at least a couple of minutes. Remember to brush your tongue too, as harmful bacteria can also accumulate there.
Adjust your lifestyle, eat more healthily and quit smoking if you can as this may weaken your immune system. Also try and avoid coffee and wine as these can stain your teeth!
Invest in a medical-grade toothpaste and mouthwash, not only can these things help reduce plaque, but they can also prevent this from building up by removing food particles and debris from your mouth.
Last but by no means least, book in for regular dental check-ups and cleaning! A professional clean can go a long way and will leave you with an irresistibly fresh-feeling mouth.
Periodontists and You!
Although preventing gum disease and more serious oral conditions should be your top priority, sometimes this just isn’t possible. If you find yourself in a position where you have a condition that isn’t responding well to your hygienist’s treatment, then it might be time to consider a more extensive procedure.
Dr Dhadwal is our expert when it comes to tackling more complicated and uncommon gum concerns, specialising in surgical periodontal treatments, periodontal plastic surgery and everything in between. If you are worried about your gums or have been recommended to a specialist periodontist, then our team will be on hand to help you get an appointment with Dr Dhadwal scheduled in as soon as possible.
We know most people aren’t sitting at home eagerly awaiting their next trip to the dentist, however, we cannot stress enough the importance of regular check-ups and frequent hygienist appointments. Even if the professionals performing these services identify a gum condition that is out of their remit, they will be able to point you to experts like Dr Dhadwal. Just remember, seeking a more advanced form of treatment could be the difference between a gleaming smile or one filled with missing teeth!
Our Periodontal Specialist
Dr Narinder Dhadwal is a specialist periodontist here at Yew Tree Dental – she qualified from St Bartholomew’s & The Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry in 2007. During her studies, she was awarded the Harold Fink Prize for outstanding academic achievement, and she hasn’t looked back since!
Dr Dhadwal continued her studies, completing a 3-year postgraduate training course in Periodontology and Implants at the Royal London Hospital and has presented some of her work in front of leading international dentistry associations. It’s safe to say we are proud to have Dr Dhadwal working with us here at Yew Tree, a feeling shared by her countless happy patients and colleagues.
Yew Tree Dental Care and Implant Centre is proud to offer top-quality dental care to all patients in Slough and beyond. Established in the 1960s, we are well known for our commitment to excellence in all areas of dentistry and perform a wide range of dental services in a relaxing and friendly environment.
At Yew Tree, we like to believe that our success is no accident and we are always looking for ways we can improve our practice, from participating in postgraduate studies to acquiring the latest technologies. Our continuous effort to improve ourselves is emphasised in everything we do and we really enjoy providing exemplary dental care to all those who need it.