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A periodontist specialist is a dentist who has received extensive training in the treatment of oral inflammation, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of gum disease and periodontitus. They are also expert in placing dental implants.

Gum Disease / Periodontitis

Gum disease, also termed periodontal disease, is a bacterial infection affecting the gums, tissues, and bone surrounding and supporting the teeth. This prevalent dental issue affects approximately half of the adult population, with most individuals encountering it at least once in their lifetime. Symptoms of gum disease include bleeding gums during brushing and persistent bad breath. In advanced stages, teeth may loosen and eventually fall out.

Often dubbed the “silent disease,” untreated gum disease can detrimentally impact your smile. Additionally, gum disease is linked to various systemic conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and rheumatoid arthritis. Fortunately, your dentist can assist you in safeguarding both your smile and overall oral health. Regular dental check-ups and proper oral hygiene are essential in combating gum disease and its associated risks.

What causes gum disease?

The primary culprit behind gum disease is the accumulation of plaque on teeth, particularly around the gum line. Without regular brushing to eliminate plaque, it can provoke irritation and inflammation of the gum tissue, resulting in soreness. With time, plaque hardens into tartar, necessitating removal by a dentist or dental hygienist.

Individuals are at a higher risk of developing gum disease if they smoke, maintain poor oral hygiene practices, or have a family history of gum disease. Consistent dental care and effective oral hygiene routines are crucial in preventing and managing gum disease.

gum disease

Gingivitis is the inflammation of gum tissue, often caused by the buildup of plaque or tartar along the gum line. This swelling can result in bleeding while brushing or flossing. Despite being painless, gingivitis is a common condition that often goes untreated. Fortunately, it is both preventable and reversible through regular brushing and flossing.


If left unaddressed, gum disease can progress to periodontitis, a more severe condition. Symptoms include persistent bad breath, bleeding or receding gums, and an itchy sensation. Without treatment, periodontitis can lead to decay of the jawbone and the formation of small gaps between the gums and teeth, causing teeth to loosen and eventually fall out. Unlike gingivitis, periodontitis is irreversible and can cause excruciating pain in advanced stages. Early detection and intervention are vital in managing periodontitis effectively.


Treating gum disease

If you’re experiencing painful, inflamed gums, or notice bleeding during brushing, it’s crucial to schedule an appointment with your dentist promptly. Through X-rays, we can assess your teeth for signs of bone damage and other underlying issues. Periodontitis can be effectively treated through root planing and scaling procedures. In severe cases, surgical intervention may be necessary to address advanced gum disease.

For further information on gum disease or to arrange a consultation with our Periodontist, please feel free to get in touch with us. We’re here to provide comprehensive care and support for your oral health needs.