Gum Disease

Prevention is better than a cure

  • Bleeding gums? Bad Breath? Receding gums?
  • You don’t need to lose your natural teeth
  • You can control gum disease and win the fight
  • Pain-free treatment options are available

Prevention is better than a cure for gum disease and at Maylands Dental Centre, our practice is built around good oral hygiene. This allows you to avoid soft tissue, bone and tooth loss and maintain the dental work that we have done. Our hope is for you to always maintain a healthy smile and happy lifestyle.

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease is an inflammatory disease that occurs to the gums and bone. It is separated into gingivitis or its more severe form, periodontitis. Gingivitis occurs when plaque and tartar build-up along the gum line, leading to gum inflammation. Periodontitis involves having gingivitis AND bone loss. This lost bone is permanent and can not be grown back. Hence, the importance of avoidance in the first place.

Often gum disease is completely painless (until it is too late), with the only warning signs being bleeding gums, gum recession or in more severe cases, such as periodontal disease, loose teeth and severe damage to the gums.

Gum disease is affected by both genetic factors and influenced by certain medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension or daily habits like smoking.

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is a more advanced or severe gum disease that occurs when gum disease is left untreated.

Bacteria levels start to increase and start attacking the foundations of the tooth (the jaw bone) as well as the gums. If not treated, this can lead to facial infections, serious gum problems, damage to the jaw bone and the teeth to become loose and fall out.

Gum Disease Treatment Options

If you are experiencing occasional bleeding when brushing your teeth, you may have mild gum disease. This is completely treatable and can be managed with a home care program of correct brushing and flossing. Your brushing and flossing program will be advised to you by your dentist. Regular visits to your dentist is also required to treat and avoid mild gum disease - usually at 6 monthly intervals (at your check and clean appointments).

More advanced gum disease such as periodontal disease can also be treated. However if left too long without treatment, the damage is often irreversible. Occasionally severe gum disease may require a surgical procedure or dental implants to replace missing teeth.

Please note that any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, we encourage you to discuss these matters with a specialist periodontist or dental professional.

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Our passion is to create a healthy society and the promotion of looking after your body with the mouth being the entry point.

We can provide all our patients with diet sheets and extensive information for parents on how to fill their kids lunch boxes with a great range of low in sugar and acid snacks. This helps set the foundation for healthy gums and teeth. We are also well versed in how to coach adult patients (if desired) with the correct oral hygiene maintenance so that you can better maintain your smile.

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Want to learn more about treating gum disease?

Contact our team of dental professionals and our specialist periodontist for treatment advice for your tooth or gum disease. We can advise patients on the best treatment methods to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

The team of experienced dentists in Maylands, Perth Western Australia provide a range of dentistry services including dental implants, dental treatment, crown lengthening, general dentistry, dental emergency services, sleep dentistry, teeth cleaning, wisdom teeth extraction and more.

We strive to make going to the dentist comfortable and pain free. For more information, click on the 'Call us Now' button.

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A great smile is simply part of a healthy, happy life. At Maylands Dental Centre, we see the whole person, and we know dental health is more than just your teeth.

We accept all health funds, and are preferred providers for: