Gum Disease

Gum disease is extremely common. Most people will experience it at least once, and it’s even more common in older people. It causes your gums to bleed and is often characterised by bad breath. Our dentists are trained to inspect for signs of gum disease during routine check-ups—book yours today!

The early stages of gum disease—known as gingivitis—is commonly identified by blood when brushing, swollen or sore gums, as well as bad breath. If left untreated, the more severe form (periodontitis) can develop which can lead to bone and tooth loss.

What are the early signs?

  • Blood on toothbrush or on water used to rinse
  • Blood when chewing
  • Bad breath
  • Swelling of the gums

What’s the treatment process like?

Treatment will begin with a thorough examination. One of our dentists will inspect your mouth for signs of gum disease, and will then walk you through what causes it, and how to get rid of it. Your dentist will then create a treatment plan tailored to the severity of the disease.

In most cases, treatment will involve the following:

  • A couple of sessions with a dental hygienist for a deep clean
  • Advice on oral hygiene
  • In severe cases, root planning may be needed—a treatment to remove bacteria from the roots of your teeth

In most cases, gum disease can be treated in an easy and comfortable manner. Anaesthetic may be used in certain cases. Once your treatment is completed, you’ll be re-examined and reassessed to ensure treatment has been successful.

What happens if gum disease is not treated?

Gum disease can easily go unnoticed as it does not always cause pain or discomfort. Over time, the disease can damage the bone supporting your teeth, making treatment much more complicated.

If you’re experiencing symptoms of gum disease—bleeding gums, swelling, soreness, and bad breath—we strongly recommend you book an appointment with your dentist. If caught early, it can be treated much more easily.

What do I do if I think I have gum disease?

You should visit your dentist for a check-up immediately. Your dentist will be able to assess your condition and make recommendations for treatment.

Your dentist may measure any “pocketing” that may be present around your teeth. X-rays may also be taken to observe for damage to the bone.

This assessment will be important for creating a treatment plan for your needs.

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