Gum Disease

Gum Disease is caused by bacteria found in plaque which causes inflammation and infection of the gums that can quickly progress and start affecting the bone that surrounds your teeth. It is important to brush and floss daily and to visit the dentist every 6 months for a hygiene check up to avoid plaque building up and to help prevent gum disease.

How do you know if you have gum disease?
  • Gums are inflamed
  • Gums are puffy, swollen, tender and red
  • Teeth are longer from gum recession
  • Gums separated from teeth (pocket)
  • Changes in bite from teeth moving
  • Pus or infection between teeth and gums
  • Bad breath
  • bad taste
Three stages of Gum Disease
Gingivitis

  • the earliest stage of gum disease
  • inflamed gums caused by plaque build-up around the gum line
  • irritated gum tissue
  • bleeding
  • bone and connective tissue not yet effected

Early Periodontitis
  • bone and connective tissue are irreversibly damaged
  • gums form a pocket below the gumline trapping food turning it to plaque
Advanced Periodontitis

  • bone and connective tissue are destroyed
  • teeth start to move
  • teeth become loose
  • loss of teeth
  • affected bite

If you feel you are facing any of these symptoms or would like to have a discussion with our dentist, please contact us to schedule an appointment on (07) 33982255 or

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