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Gum-Periodontal Health

Periodontal Disease

Ensuring your smile lasts

Most people find it surprising that approximately 80% of people experience some form of gum disease during their lifetime. Gum disease – also called periodontal disease – is the result of an infection, which has spread to the gums and tooth roots and evolves through several stages.

Gingivitis 

Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease. It’s the infection of the gums from bacteria resulting from poor oral hygiene, causing inflammation, gum tenderness and bleeding when you brush and floss.

When treated early by the Helena Street Dental Midland team, gingivitis its negative effects can be reversed. It can also be prevented from recurring in the future by adopting a thorough oral hygiene routine and attending regular appointments at Helena Street Dental Midland every six months.

Periodontitis

Periodontal disease is a condition that increases in its severity the longer it is left untreated. When gum disease has progressed from the gingivitis stage, it is known as periodontitis.

The most common cause of gum disease is plaque, a clear sticky film over the teeth and gums. The bacteria in plaque attacks the gum tissue and tooth enamel, causing both gum disease and tooth decay.

Brushing twice a day (morning after breakfast and night before bed) and flossing will help prevent the build-up of plaque.

There are signs and symptoms that can indicate the development of gum disease and include:

  • Swollen and tender gums that bleed when you floss or brush
  • Space that has recently formed between teeth
  • Receding gum line that makes your teeth look longer
  • Pus between teeth
  • Mouth sores
  • Constant bad breath
  • Changes in how your teeth come together when you bite

If you experience any of these symptoms you should schedule a hygiene appointment with the Helena Street Dental Midland team immediately to prevent any further development. You can make an appointment online or call our friendly staff on (08) 9250 3100. Our practice is located at 2/42 Victoria Street, Midland WA 6056.