Periodontics is the branch of dentistry primarily concerned with the health of the gums and bone which support the teeth. Gum disease may be superficial gingivitis or more extensive periodontitis. Healthy gums and underlying bone are vital to the retention of teeth; and periodontitis may also be linked with several general health conditions. Treatments include periodontics and dental hygiene.

During our temporary closure as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak, we are not able to offer a significant range of gum treatments. Please do contact us for advice or information via and we will be in touch by email, phone or even on a live video or Facetime link! We are here to help and would be pleased to assist where we can.

In the meantime, we have prepared some information sheets to help our existing patients, as well as any newly-referred patients that we are unable to treat as yet. The range of topics are outlined below. For those that follow the information on brushing your gums more efficiently, and particularly when you start to use the larger interdental brushes, your gums may bleed. This is a sign they are inflamed, not that you’re doing it incorrectly. Keep persevering and in two to three weeks the bleeding should stop…. That is the first indication you are getting better.

We look forward to seeing you in the clinic when the current situation settles.

Madeleine, Louise, Colette and Michaela
Vermilion Periodontal Team

Helpful information sheets for our patients during our temporary Covid-19 closure:

Oral Hygiene equipment and advice
Cleaning your teeth at home
Interdental Cleaning
Sensitive teeth

Symptoms of Periodontal Disease:

In many cases patients will be unaware that they have gum disease, as gingivitis and periodontitis can be pain-free. Some of the symptoms may include:

– Swollen gums
– Bleeding gums
– Bad breath (halitosis)
– Loose or mobile teeth
– Drifting teeth
– Tartar build-up
– Painful swelling around individual teeth

Occasionally gum disease is so severe that a dental referral must be made to a periodontist, or the patient may be in danger of losing a tooth or multiple teeth. The periodontist works with the patient to restore their mouth to health, and thereafter in most cases the patient is returned to the care of their regular dentist and dental hygienist.

Extensive information about periodontal diseases and periodontic treatments is available at the website of the American Academy of Periodontology: