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Gum Disease at Dental Circle

Woman showing teethGum disease can be caused by a multitude of factors. Smoking, diabetes and some medications can cause gum disease. However the main causes are plaque-induced or bacterial-induced as a result of poor oral hygiene.

Gingivitis is a disease that causes inflammation of the gums. If your gums are puffy and red and they bleed a lot you likely have gingivitis. We recommend routine cleans and improved home routines. Periodontal disease or gum disease is when this inflammation is left uncared for over a long period of time, and you then have loss of bone around your teeth.

What you might notice is your gum is shrinking away and you get little black triangles between your teeth. Or you see the roots of your teeth are being exposed because the gums are shrinking away and bone are shrinking away. When that happens we do provide treatment for gum disease.

We treat mild to moderate cases with root planing or debridement (a deep clean underneath your gums). There also are specialists who do offer gum disease treatment. If it’s not managed and is more severe in general practice we recommend you do see a periodontists.

Other symptoms of gum disease are sensitive bleeding gums, swelling and loose teeth. Gingivitis can happen at any age with poor oral hygiene and buildup of debris, tartar or plaque. There are different types of gum disease.

What are the symptoms of gingivitis?

If you have gingivitis or early gum disease, you’ll likely notice symptoms such as red, irritated gums and bleeding while flossing. You might see “pink in the sink.” You also might notice bleeding while eating foods that are hard or crunchy.
What is the most common age range for people with gum disease?

While we see more severe types of gum disease in those over 30-40 years of age, young people can be affected by gum disease too.
What are the symptoms of periodontitis?

As gum disease advances, it can turn into periodontitis. With this condition, symptoms are more severe. Pockets will enlarge and you might have pus seeping out between your gums and your teeth. Your teeth also might loosen. Other symptoms you may experience include mouth sores or a foul taste or smell emanating from your mouth.
What are the dangers of ignoring gum disease?

Periodontitis should always be taken seriously as it can cause tooth loss and serious infections. Although rare, sometimes the infection can spread. Dental infections could cause heart problems or worsen the symptoms of diabetes. It’s important to have your gum disease treated as soon as possible.
What causes gum disease?

The primary causes of gum disease are smoking and poor dental hygiene. There are some risk factors that may be beyond your control as well. These include genetics, age and underlying diseases such as heart disease or diabetes.
How can gum disease be prevented?

As we’re a prevention-based dental office, we recommend that you adopt excellent oral hygiene habits. You also should see your dentist regularly. These actions can go a long way towards helping to prevent gum disease.

If you currently smoke, take step towards quitting. By doing so you’ll not only improve your oral health but your overall health as well. You also should let your dentist know if you are taking any medications as some can cause gum inflammation.

Finally, follow your dentist’s recommendations for keeping your gums and teeth healthy.

Book an Appointment

If you’re concerned that you may have gum disease, it’s important to come in for care straightaway. Contact Dental Circle today to schedule an appointment.

Any invasive or surgical procedure may carry risks. Before moving forward, it is recommended that you seek a second opinion from an appropriately licensed medical professional.

Gum Disease in Bassendean WA | (08) 9379 3818