Gum Disease

Gum Disease

Gum disease is a bacterial infection that affects the tissues that support and surround the teeth.

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Gum Abscess Perth

A gum (gingival) abscess is a localised collection of pus in the gums surrounding a tooth if it progresses deeper it is called a periodontal abscess. It is mainly caused due to food entrapment in the space between a tooth and the gums or due to a trauma to the gums. The most common treatment option is a cleaning around the affected tooth and gums which helps remove the entrapped food along with the use of a mouthwash if advised by the dentist. If left untreated, the infection can spread deeper into the bone and surrounding tissues and can often cause a swelling.

The dentists at Bentley Plaza Dental Clinic take time out to study and understand every patient and their needs prior to proceeding with the treatment with great expertise.

Gum Disease Perth

Scaling and Root Planing is the most effective way of treating a gum disease. Gum diseases (also called periodontal diseases) affect the tissues supporting the tooth and are a common problem among the elderly and those maintaining a poor oral hygiene. It is initiated by plaque, which is a thin film, which coats the tooth and is a product of bacteria in the mouth. Gum diseases are painless and hence you wouldn’t be knowing you are suffering from it.

The initial stage is gum disease, called gingivitis, is reversible and can be controlled by proper brushing and flossing. In the advanced stage of gum disease, called periodontitis, the teeth become loose, fall off or are often taken out by the dentist.

Indications of a gum disease:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Swollen and reddish appearance of gums
  • Continuous bad breath
  • Receding (lowering) of gums
  • Tenderness and discomfort
  • New spacing between teeth
  • Loose teeth