We are busy with everyday duties and tend to forget our daily oral health care routines. An estimated 75 of Australians reportedly have some form of periodontal disease.

What is Periodontal (Gum) Disease?

Periodontal means ‘around the tooth.’

Plaque (the furry feeling on the tooth surface), when not cleaned can inflame the gums leading to serious infections that affect the gums & bones supporting the tooth. Gingivitis and periodontitis are a result of chronic bacterial infection.

Stages of Gum Disease:


Is the mildest form of periodontal disease. It causes the gums to become red, swollen, and bleed easily. There may be little or no discomfort at this stage.Gingivitis is often caused by inadequate oral hygiene and can be treated with good oral hygiene and treatment.


Is from untreated gingivitis. Plaque can spread and grow below the gum line. Toxins produced by the bacteria in plaque irritate the gums. The toxins stimulate a chronic inflammatory response and the tissues and bone that support the teeth are broken down and destroyed. Space forms between the gum and tooth which deepen as the disease progresses. Eventually teeth can become loose and may have to be removed.


Good oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups are recommended to avoid gum disease.

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