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Healthy gums are the foundation of a beautiful smile

Many people believe that dentistry only focuses on teeth, the reality is that your gums are one of the most important factors in maintaining a beautiful, healthy smile. At Aviva Dentistry, we like to think of the gums as the foundation of your smile – without them everything comes tumbling down!

Gum disease

Healthy gums are firm, pink and keep your teeth securely in place. Unhealthy gums will appear red or swollen and may also bleed when brushing or flossing. This is called gum disease, or gingivitis.

Gum disease can be treated and reversed with a good oral care regime, which includes brushing twice a day, flossing and attending regular dental hygiene appointments. Your hygienist will monitor gum disease to ensure things stabilise and reverse.


If left untreated, gum disease can cause the gums to pull away from the teeth creating a pocket that allows bacteria to enter and build up below the gum line. This is called periodontitis. There are various stages of periodontitis, but symptoms can include bad breath, loose teeth or tooth loss, tender gums, and pain in your mouth. Periodontitis is much harder to treat than gum disease, which is why we advocate regular dental check-ups and hygiene appointments as these allow us to spot potential problems.

At Aviva Dentistry, we can provide a variety of treatments to help improve gum health. Whether you simply need to update your home care regime or require more advanced surgeries, we can help.

Patient Reviews

I went in to have my veneers replaced- after 12 years they weren’t looking so great.

From the online consultation, to the same-day procedure (totally painless and stress-free), Aviva were fantastic.

I had 100% confidence in Dr Caplan at all times, and my teeth have never looked better or more natural- there’s no way you could tell they’re veneers at this point which is exactly what I wanted. I’m a very happy customer indeed.

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Amy Richardson, Veneers

Absolutely first class!

Dr Caplan put me at complete ease, and discussed my options without being pushy.

I am over the moon with the results! Would highly recommend.

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Tracy Kosmalski, General Patient

I would recommend this practice as it’s welcoming, it’s modern and the technology Julian uses is the best in the country!

The digital scanner that was used in my mouth to take the impressions of my teeth was painless and quick. It also meant that the imagery went straight to Invisalign and the whole experience was seamless and very fast.

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Nina Hussey, Invisalign Patient

Everything was done in one day which I think is just amazing! Dr Caplan uses this latest technology, which I think is probably what enables it to be done in one day, painlessly and without discomfort at all.

I came along at about 8 / 8.30 one morning and the whole job was finished by about 4.30/5 o’clock.

I would certainly recommend this practice and I have recommended it to many friends and family because I believe it’s probably the best place to come if you want to improve everything about your teeth from a smile perspective and probably from a medical perspective.

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Vic Chuntz, Smile Makeover - Veneers Patient

“I found it uncomfortable to eat because of two fractured teeth, so I had implants to replace them.

After having the implants I was able to eat again and had no discomfort!

Since then everything has been well, and I have the knowledge that they’ll last for many years.”

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Roger Talbot, Dental Implants Patient

Brilliant! My disgusting white and metal crown has been removed with no pain, no hassle and replaced with a beautiful looking Cerec crown.

Nervous patient, no reason to be. Proactively going to crown another tooth as the experience was so good.

Lucy Holt, Crowns Patient Northaw

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