Your gums are like cushions for your teeth: they surround the teeth in the jaws and help to support them.

Looking after your gums is just as important as looking after your teeth. Red and swollen gums that bleed when you brush them could be a sign of gum disease.

Bleeding gums, bad breath, and swollen or receding gums can all be signs that your gums aren’t healthy.

If left untreated, this can lead to gum disease, one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults.

Although the reasons aren’t entirely clear, it has also been shown that poor dental hygiene has been linked to health issues such as heart disease and diabetes.


What is gum disease?

Our mouths are full of bacteria, known as plaque. The build-up of this plaque on our teeth causes inflammation of the gums, known as Gingivitis.

  • Gingivitis
    The gums around your teeth become red, swollen, and often bleed when you brush your teeth. This is the earliest sign of gum disease and shouldn’t be ignored. Gingivitis is completely reversible with daily brushing, flossing and regular professional cleans by a hygienist.
  • Periodontitis
    When gingivitis isn’t treated, it can lead to inflammation around the tooth, known as Periodontal disease. This causes irreversible destruction of the supporting gums and bone around your teeth. The gum starts to pull away from your teeth and form spaces known as ‘pockets.’

To keep your mouth clean and healthy, we recommend you come in for regular hygiene appointments and dental check-ups.

Am I at risk of Gum Disease?

The following factors mean you may have a higher risk of developing gum disease:

  • Smoking.
  • Poor oral hygiene.
  • Diabetes, heart disease, immunosuppression.
  • Certain medications.

How is Gum Disease Treated?

Our dentists and therapists are highly trained to treat gum disease. This process involves cleaning below the gum line to remove deposits of plaque and tartar which you can’t reach.

If your gum disease is severe or advanced, we may recommend you see our periodontal specialist.

Is Gum Disease Permanent?

When caught early, gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease, is reversible. This is done through routine brushing and flossing and regular hygienist visits.

Once gum disease has progressed to periodontal disease, we recommend you see our Periodontal Specialist for consultation and advice.

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