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Gum Disease Treatment at Essential Care Dental

Graceville Periodontitis Treatment

Illustration of the stages of gum diseaseGum disease—sometimes called “periodontitis” or “periodontal disease”—is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Unfortunately, it’s often overlooked as gingivitis until the infection becomes more aggressive.

The best way to combat gum disease is through regular preventative care and a dedicated oral hygiene plan. But when symptoms creep up unexpectedly, the help of a dentist may be what’s necessary to halt tooth mobility before it evolves into something more severe.

Symptoms of Periodontal Disease

Periodontitis is an inflammatory condition that causes the gingiva (gums) to detach from the root surfaces of teeth. Consequently, the underlying bone structure also resorbs and jeopardises the stability of the tooth.

Some of the warning signs include:

  • Halitosis (bad breath)
  • Receding gumlines
  • Gums that bleed easily when brushing or flossing
  • Swelling along the gums
  • Wide spaces between teeth

A Systemic Health Risk

Inflammation inside of the mouth triggers the immune system to work harder. As a result, people with gum disease may find it more challenging to control other coexisting medical conditions until their dental infection is under control. Studies have shown that oral bacteria can travel directly into the bloodstream, posing a risk to individuals with cardiovascular disease, infertility concerns, blood sugar imbalances and more.

Treating Periodontitis

If you have gum disease, treatment will involve a more rigorous scale and clean that extends under the gumlines, into the pocket area that harbours the infectious bacteria. After the thorough cleaning, you’ll be placed on a maintenance program and given special oral hygiene instructions to follow.

Get Screened Today

Each of our patients receives a periodontal exam as part of their regular check and clean appointment. If it’s been longer than six months since your last visit and you’ve started to notice signs of gingivitis, contact us today.


* Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.


Gum Disease Treatment Graceville, Sherwood, Oxley, Chelmer QLD | (07) 3333 2011