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Gum Problems

Gum Problems

The Problem

Bad Breath, tender/bleeding or receding gums (your gums pulling away from your teeth) are all indications that you may be in the early stages of gum disease (gingivitis) or a more advanced stage (periodontitis).If left untreated, periodontitis can lead to bone loss resulting in tooth sensitivity, loose teeth and painful chewing.

The Cause

Our mouths contain bacteria that mix with mucus and food remnants to form “plaque”. Regular brushing and flossing helps remove plaque. However, if not cleaned plaque hardens to form “calculus”.A build-up of plaque and calculus below the gum line set in motion a cycle of damage to the supporting tissues around the tooth, eventually leading to tooth loss. Calculus cannot be removed by brushing; only a professional cleaning by your dentist can eliminate it.


Depending on the extent of your gum disease our dentists will determine the best line of treatment. They may carry out a deep-cleaning known as Scaling and/ or Root planning.

Both procedures help remove the calculus build-up and bacteria that contribute to the disease. Our dentists may also provide you with advice regarding altering certain behaviours that may contribute to gum disease such as poor oral hygiene habits and smoking.

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