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Best dental practice in London …and other awards including being top of Dentistry’s Top 50 (twice), Best Team, and Restorative Smile of the Year
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"Amazing! Been coming here for years, never had anything but great experiences"

Taavi Davies

"This is a truly excellent and professional dental surgery - by far the best I've found"

Jo H

"Bow Lane have been looking after my teeth for ten years, I wouldn't go anywhere else"

Emily Burt

"Undeniably the best dentistry in the City. I've received fantastic service from here"

Helen Man

"Cannot recommend the amazing service at Bow Lane Dental more. Will definitely be back!"

Ingrid Hass

"My service experience in Bow Lane Dental was second to none... hands down the best dentist I have ever been too."

Ola Akinyemi

"Amazing! Been coming here for years, never had anything but great experiences"

Taavi Davies

"This is a truly excellent and professional dental surgery - by far the best I've found"

Jo H

"Bow Lane have been looking after my teeth for ten years, I wouldn't go anywhere else"

Emily Burt

"Undeniably the best dentistry in the City. I've received fantastic service from here"

Helen Man

"Cannot recommend the amazing service at Bow Lane Dental more. Will definitely be back!"

Ingrid Hass

"My service experience in Bow Lane Dental was second to none... hands down the best dentist I have ever been too."

Ola Akinyemi

Do you think you have gum disease? Our dentists and dental hygienists at Bow Lane Dental Group in Central London are here to help.

There are lots of reasons why you may develop gum disease, and we find a lot of patients asking similar questions such as; How do I know I have gum disease? How do I treat gum disease? And, how do I stop receding gums?

At Bow Lane Dental, we are proud to offer a wide range of gum care services to suit your needs. We have Dental Hygienists for routine maintenance of the gums and polishing teeth, and also offer specialist treatment with our Periodontist Dr Nikita Patel.

We’ve answered some of our patients frequently asked questions to help you understand more on the importance of gum care and what gum disease actually is.

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What is gum disease?

Gum disease (gingivitis) often occurs as a result of poor oral hygiene. Gum disease is a common condition that results in the gums being red, swollen, bleed and bad breath. Also, in the UK, nine out of every ten people have gum disease, even if it’s only a small amount. A lot of people don’t know they have it until it is too late.

What is Periodontitis?

The nest stage is periodontal disease. They are infections that affect the structures that hold in your teeth, which include your gums, bone and the periodontal ligament (this supports your tooth). Periodontal disease is mainly caused by the build-up of various bacteria in dental plaque, but it can also be linked to genetics, smoking, medications, stress and poor nutrition.

Periodontitis is a more advanced gum disease where the inner layer of the patient’s gum pulls away from the tooth and the bone shrinks, causing pockets to form. These pockets can collect debris and become infected. Toxins in the bacteria found in plaque, therefore they begin to break down the bone and surrounding connective tissues, which can lead to permanent loss of teeth.

What is the difference between gingivitis and periodontitis?

Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease where bacteria in plaque builds up and causes gums to become swollen and inflamed. They may also bleed during tooth brushing. Left untreated, some cases may lead to Periodontitis. They may also bleed during tooth brushing.

Are there any early warning signs of gum disease (gingivitis)?

Gum disease can often go unnoticed. Symptoms of gum disease can include bleeding gums, gum recession and tooth sensitivity. Gums can appear red and swollen; whereas others may notice bad breath and even a bad taste in the mouth.

Will gum disease go away by itself?

In the early stages of gum disease, you can often improve the symptoms with improvements in brushing and flossing or interdental sticks. If you are suffering with a more severe case of gum disease such as periodontitis, you will need to see care from a hygienist or Periodontist.

What will happen if it is left untreated?

Most importantly, if gum disease is left untreated, the chances are that it could lead to more complicated dental problems further down the line, including losing your tooth. It is best to consult your Dentist who can create a personalised treatment plan.

Does mouthwash help gum disease?

Think of mouthwash as an aftershave or perfume. You can use it occasionally to freshen your breath and speed up the healing of mouth ulcers and if you have a wisdom tooth coming through. Above all, it is important to note that using mouthwash alone can’t prevent gingivitis.

If you’re not too sure what oral care products to use, our team have put together this helpful list of recommended products for you. You can find most of them in your local high-street stores, pharmacies or even online.

Meet our Dental Hygienists

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Meet Brooke Shipp, Renate Putrus and Sarah Urquhart, our dental hygienists at Bow Lane Dental Group. Every patient at our practice is different, that’s why we tailor your oral hygiene routine specifically for you. Our hygienists will recommend oral care products that suit your needs and help you improve your overall mouth health.

If you need further treatment, you may be referred to our gum specialist Dr Nikita Patel. Nikita is extremely passionate about helping patients overcome dental anxiety and making them feel at ease, whilst providing the highest quality of care.

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If you would like to know more about Nikita, you can read about her here.

How to book your hygiene appointment

There are a number of ways you can get in touch to book your hygiene appointment. You can call us on 020 7236 3600 or email reception@bowlanedental.com. Alternatively, you can use our online booking system, which includes a live booking.

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Bow Lane and the team are committed to playing a positive role in the community and making a difference in people’s lives.

Dentist in London

Carbon Neutral Plus

Carbon Neutral Plus

We are proud to be Carbon Neutral Plus and have offset 46 tCO²e through verified carbon reduction projects and planted 46 trees in 2019.

Clean City awards

Clean City awards

The Clean City Awards have rewarded Bow Lane Dental five years running with a platinum award for good practice in ‘Reducing, Reusing and Recycling’ thanks to improvements in our waste management and sustainability initiatives.

Healthy Workplace Award

Healthy Workplace Award

The first dental practice to win the Healthy Workplace Award from The Mayor of London.

Why Bow Lane Dental should be your choice of London dentist

Welcome to Bow Lane Dental Group in London

Hear from our patients at Bow Lane

Our Founder and dentist James Goolnik

One of the top dental practices in London and the UK

Dentistry awards

Dentistry awards

We were awarded Best Practice in London at the Dentistry Awards in 2006. This event is sponsored by Dentistry magazine, the largest dental publication.

Elite 20 dentists

Elite 20 dentists

Two of our dentists James Goolnik and Zaki Kanaan have been voted by our peers into the Top 20 Elite dentists in the UK, an award by Private Dentistry Magazine. In 2019 we won the Best Team and most invaluable team member.

Dentistry Top 50

Dentistry Top 50

James Goolnik and Zaki Kanaan have been voted in the Dentistry Top 50 numerous times over the years. James Goolnik was voted first place in both 2011 and 2012, beating thousands of other hopefuls.

Smile awards

Smile awards

Ilan Preiss, Zaki Kanaan and Richard O’Brien have won numerous Smile Awards over the years for categories such as ‘Restorative Smile of the Year’ and ‘Aesthetic Technician of the Year’.

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Where are we?

  • Near City, London Bridge, and Canary Wharf
  • Between Bank, St. Paul’s & Mansion House underground stations

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We're a dental and orthodontist practice providing high quality, private dentistry services in the City of London

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020 7236 3600
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Bow Lane Dental Group, 2a Bow Lane, London, EC4M 9EE
Opening hours
Monday 07:45 - 17:30
Tuesday 07:45 - 17:30
Wednesday 08:30 - 17:30
Thursday 07:45 - 17:30
Friday 08:00 - 17:00
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