We are delighted to have Laura Bebbington join our team. You can read more about her in her own words below:
My name is Laura Bebbington, I was born in Papua New Guinea and spent my growing up life in wonderful countries, including Zimbabwe (where we had our family home) South Africa, Zambia, Kazakhstan and Tanzania.
I have spent the last 12 years living and working in the UK, 10 years in Northern Ireland, a short stint in Scotland and the last couple years in Dorset. I graduated from The Queens University of Belfast Dental School with distinction in Dental Hygiene.
I have worked in both NHS and private practice to date and have had the privilege of working in some of the top practices in the UK, including Cranmore Dental and Implant Clinic and Ilchester Dental (Dentistry by Paula Richardson). My last practice was Apex a Dental in Somerton, lovely practice and team. Now, I have the privilege of joining the PearliWhyte team.
I am passionate about what I do and I continuously strive to be at the top of my game.
I have a wide scope of practice but my main interest is in the prevention, treatment and management of Periodontal (gum ) disease which is still the lead cause of adult tooth loss in the world. Periodontal disease is a multifactorial condition with many risk factors, it may be complicated by systemic conditions, stress, smoking and there is a strong genetic factor.
On the whole, periodontal disease is painless, so can go undetected until a lot of tissue destruction has taken place (i.e. bone and supporting gum tissue has been lost from around the teeth.) Symptoms may include bleeding/swollen gums, recession, loose teeth, teeth moving from their original position in the mouth, larger spaces between the teeth, abscesses, bad taste in the mouth and bad breath.
Treatment approach varies per individual but in a nutshell it involves a full mouth ‘deep clean’ with or without local anaesthetic.
A combination of ultrasonic and hand scalers are used and some people benefit from antibiotic therapy and smoking cessation advice as there is a link between smoking and gum disease.
If you are at all concerned about your gum health please do not hesitate to contact Pearliwhytes to arrange an appointment, I am more than happy to help and look forward to meeting you.