Gum Disease

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Gum Disease

Gum Disease Treatment For Happy Healthy Gums

Gum disease is a common condition, which involves inflammation of the gum line that can eventually develop to affect the bone that surrounds and supports your teeth. The gums will feel swollen, sore and infection will occur. 

Causes

Gum disease is caused by a build-up of plaque that has surrounded the teeth. The plaque is a sticky substance that contains bacteria. Some bacteria in plaque can be harmless, but some others are harmful to the health of your gums. If plaque isn’t removed for your teeth by brushing them, it can build up and irritate your gums. This can then lead to redness, with bleeding, swelling and soreness.

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Kate Harrison - Berwick Hills Dental Services

How Does Someone Get Gum Disease?

We recommend that you come in for a consultation with our team before suggesting gum disease so we can assess you.

Questions about Gum Disease

Why Are My Gums Bleeding?

In many cases, swollen and bleeding gums are often an indication of gum disease. When good dental hygiene is not practiced, bacteria forms plaque on the teeth. This build-up of bacteria can cause your gums to become inflamed, resulting in sore, swollen and bleeding gums. 

Why Are My Gums Receding?

Poor oral hygiene and gum disease is a common cause of gum recession. Gum disease causes the loss of the supporting bone and tissue surrounding a tooth through an inflammatory reaction. 

If I Am Diagnosed With Gum Disease, Can My Teeth Be Saved?

In most cases, your dentist will be able to give your teeth a thorough clean and remove any hardened plaque (tartar). Your dentist can also show you how to clean your teeth effectively to help prevent plaque building up in the future.

What Happens If I Don’t Seek Treatment For Gum Disease?

If mild forms of gum disease are not treated, a more serious condition called periodontitis can develop, affecting the tissue that support your teeth and hold them in place.

If periodontitis is not treated, damage of the bone in your jaw may occur and small spaces may open up between your gums and teeth. Your teeth can become loose and may eventually fall out.

What Causes Gum Disease?

Gum disease is caused by improper oral hygiene which results in bacteria from plaque and calculus to remain on the teeth and further, infects the gums. 

There are a number of factors that contribute to your level of risk of gum disease: 

  • Smoking
  • Crooked and overlapping teeth 
  • Hormonal changes such as puberty, pregnancy and menopause
  • Cancer and cancer treatment
  • Alcohol intake
  • Poor nutrition
  • Diabetes mellitus 
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Talk to us.

Are you interested in our gum disease service? If you are looking to have an improved smile and have some questions you feel we may not have answered here, why don’t you book a free consultation? Our dedicated team would be happy to help.