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Gingivitis, symptoms to look for.

Gingivitis means inflammation of the gums (gingiva). It commonly occurs because of films of bacteria that accumulate on the teeth – plaque/ or bacterial biofilm; this type is called plaque-induced gingivitis. This is a non-destructive type of periodontal disease. If left untreated, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis, which is more serious and can cause irreversible loss of bone and eventually lead to loss of teeth.

A patient with gingivitis will have red and puffy gums, and they will most likely bleed when they brush their teeth. In mild cases, patients may not even know they have it, because symptoms are mild. However, the condition should be taken seriously and addressed immediately.

Generally, it can be resolved with good oral hygiene – longer and more frequent brushing, as well as flossing. Some people find that using an antiseptic mouthwash, alongside proper tooth brushing and flossing also helps.  However, if gum bleeding remains unresolved with the above measures after one week, it would be wise to seek professional help immediately.


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Periodontal disease, what is it?

Periodontal disease (or commonly known as gum disease) is an inflammatory disease of the support structures of teeth (the Periodontium). It usually starts with a non-painful condition of bleeding/inflamed gums (gingivitis), and can progress to a destructive disease where the periodontium is damaged or destroyed. The common symptoms include red and bleeding gums, bad breath, loose teeth and moving teeth (shifting position). Advanced Periodontal Disease can often lead to tooth loss. Successful treatment is dependent on early detection and intervention and a commitment to self- and professional-oral hygiene care. Contact us if you would like to make an appointment.

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Gum display. Do you have too much?

Problems like gum display can often be resolved by minor plastic surgery of the gum (gingival) tissue. Typically, these simple procedures can be done under local anaesthesia with a quick recovery time. More complex cases may involve the shifting of teeth (orthodontic treatment), surgery of the jaw bone (alveolectomy and osteoplasty) in addition to gum surgery alone. Contact Gumguru today to make an appointment.

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Suffering from bad breath?

Halitosis or bad breath can be quite debilitating for many people. It can cause serious social embarrassment and undermine your self-confidence. It also impacts on your close personal relationships leading to self-doubt, depression and can greatly reduce your capability in the work place when there are other people in the vicinity. If you would like your breath clinically assessed, please contact our practice to arrange an appointment.