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Gum Disease

Dental Avenue Maroubra – Providing you the best Gum Disease treatments effortlessly

Gum Disease, also known as Periodontal disease, attacks the supporting tissues and bones around the tooth. The word ‘periodontal’ actually means ‘surrounding a tooth’. Gum disease is reasonably common, often present without your knowledge, can vary greatly in severity and is the major cause of tooth loss in adults.

The disease has two major stages beginning with gingivitis; being the first and less harmful stage of gum disease.

Gingivitis is early gum disease and occurs when dental plaque builds up on teeth, particularly where the gum joins the tooth. As plaque, a form of bacteria, accumulates around your teeth and gum line, the bacteria begin to attack the soft supporting tissues – your gums. Common symptoms are red, sore and inflamed gums that may bleed during brushing. Gingivitis can be easily treated. It is very important to halt gum disease at this stage.

The next, more severe stage of gum disease is periodontitis. This is where the bacteria penetrate deeper into the gums, attacking the supporting ligament and bone structure that holds the tooth in place. If left untreated, tooth loss can occur. This damage cannot be reversed but can be treated to stop the progress of the disease.

Most common symptoms of Gum Disease:

  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Red, swollen, tender gums
  • Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
  • Unrelenting bad breath or bad taste
  • Permanent teeth that are loose or separating
  • Change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
  • Change in the fit of partial dentures

Factors influencing this Periodontal Disease:

  • Excess of smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Pregnancy or oral contraceptives
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Defective fillings
  • Unnecessary medications
  • Badly aligned teeth

If you have any of the gum disease warning signs above, we urge you to make a dentist appointment. Our Dental Professionals can diagnose and treat mild to severe gum disease with a variety of methods. For more information please contact us and one of our friendly team members.

Learn how to prevent gum disease and visit our Maroubra dental clinic to see how we use the latest in techniques and technology to keep your family’s mouths healthy

If you notice puffy red gums, bad breath or bleeding when brushing and eating please contact our friendly team to organise a consultation.