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Gum Disease Treatment at St. Leonards Square Dental Care

Woman looking at teeeth in mirrorHave you ever experienced bleeding gums? This may be a sign of gum disease. It’s quite common for people to experience gum problems. In fact, statistics show about 80% of people will experience gum problems at some point in their life.

Gum disease starts from an infection caused mostly by plaque buildup. When the infection spreads to the gumline and further, it can cause gum disease and tooth loss. Gum care is just as important when it comes to your oral health so you can enjoy a healthy smile for life.

How Gum Disease Starts

Usually when oral hygiene is not up to scratch, plaque buildup can occur. This is a tough layer that grows over the gum line and teeth. It is hard like in texture and can only be removed during a thorough dental cleaning. ??When plaque buildup occurs, your body’s way of fighting it off is with inflammation. This is because it recognises it as something dangerous and unknown. The inflammation present will then cause damage to your gums and the bone, which can even result to tooth loss in severe cases. ??Gum disease may even lead to more serious health issues such as heart conditions and other more serious health concerns.

Gingivitis is one of the most common gum diseases and is the first stage of gum disease. Gingivitis occurs when the bacteria isn’t removed from the tooth surface, which in turn causes gum irritation. This first stage gum disease can cause bleeding and tenderness when brushing or flossing. ??Good news is, this can be reversed quickly by proper brushing and flossing techniques. Our gentle dentist, Dr Andrew, will show you proper techniques on your next visit with us. If you think you may have gingivitis, give us a call to schedule your appointment. We will do a checkup and clean and you will walk away with a clean.

Periodontitis is the second stage of gum disease which is more severe than gingivitis. This is where the tooth structures are destroyed and sometimes require an extraction, or in more extreme cases, full mouth rehabilitation may be required. Fortunately, our experienced team are very well trained in providing gum disease treatment and deep cleans. This will restore your smile and remove the cause of periodontitis.

We will also provide you proper tooth brushing and flossing techniques so you can keep your teeth and gums in optimal condition.

What do you do to treat gum disease?

We will do an examination first of your teeth and gums. Then, we will perform a thorough cleaning which will remove the plaque around your teeth and gum line which is causing the irritation. Followed by a fluoride treatment, you’ll walk away with a healthy, clean smile.
How long will my appointment take?

Your appointment will typically take anywhere from 30-60 minutes. It depends how severe your gum disease is however generally we can complete the treatment within the hour. We have flexible appointments available and we invite you to book a time that’s convenient for you.
What are the symptoms of gum disease?

Plaque buildup overtime causes gum disease and tooth decay. It shouldn’t, however, cause any pain. If you are experiencing pain, call us right away to book an appointment.

Some symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Bleeding gums after tooth brushing or flossing
  • Increasing spaces between the tooth and gum line
  • Receding gums
  • Ongoing bad breath
  • Redness or inflammation around the gum line
  • Cold sores or mouth sores
  • Any sort of white pus between and around your teeth

If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms, give us a call and we will book you in right away for treatment.

What do I do If my gums bleed after flossing?

If you’re finding you’re experiencing bleeding gums consistently after flossing, it may be a sign of gum disease. It also may be your technique which is causing the bleeding. Contact us to schedule your appointment so we can do a dental checkup and clean. We will be able to assess your teeth and gums and perform a thorough cleaning. Dr Andrew will also demonstrate proper tooth brushing and flossing techniques so you can enjoy a healthy smile for years to come.


Contact our friendly team to book your appointment. It is our goal to help you enjoy a healthy, happy smile. All major health funds accepted with on-the-spot claims.

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Gum Disease Treatment St Leonards, Crows Nest, Naremburn NSW | 02 9066 0100