When it comes to oral hygiene, healthy gums are equally as important as heathy teeth. When gums are healthy, the tissue fits neatly around the teeth to provide support and protection. If plaque is given a chance to form around the gum line it can cause inflammation. Left untreated this can eventually lead to gum disease.

Gum disease, also known as periodontitis, weakens the tissue and bone leaving the teeth unprotected and at greater risk of sensitivity, decay, and even loss. In fact, gum disease is now the number one cause of tooth loss in adults in the UK.

With regular treatment from a dental hygienist, gum disease can be identified early and treated before it becomes a serious problem. At Confident Orthodontics we can help you by advising you on a good oral care routine. We also offer advice on diet and let you know which food or lifestyle habits can increase the chances of developing gum disease.

If you have any concerns about gum health you can make an appointment to see a dental hygienist without seeing a dentist first. Contact us now to book your appointment.

DNA saliva testing

At Confident Orthodontics we have always invested in the latest technology to provide the absolute best dental outcomes. Out latest treatment, DNA saliva testing, is a breakthrough in identifying the early stages of many dental diseases but its benefits stretch further than oral health. This specialist non-invasive treatment allows us to test for the early signs of a number of serious diseases including:

  • Oral diseases, including periodontal disease and tooth decay
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Diabetes
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Sjorgrens syndrome
  • Oral cancer
  • HPV

DNA saliva testing is a major leap forward in preventative medicine. We are the first in the UK to offer this service and one of only a few providers in Europe.

Many of the diseases detected with DNA saliva testing are virtually symptom-free in their early stages. With these tests we can identify genetic susceptibility to disease and establish if you are at increased risk for more severe periodontal infections due to an exaggerated immune response. We can also personalise therapy and treatment required.

You can contact us direct if you would like to find out more about DNA saliva testing, you don’t need a referral from your dentist.