Gum (Periodontal) Disease

Periodontal disease is commonly known as gum disease and is caused when decay is left unchecked and begins to build up and attack the soft tissues and supporting structures of our teeth.

Gum (periodontal) disease comes in two main stages. The initial stage is known as gingivitis and can be characterised by red, puffy gums which are often sore and may bleed upon brushing. The good news is that if gingivitis is caught early its symptoms can be stopped and its effects reversed. Moreover, gingivitis is easily preventable through regular dental assessments and a good oral hygiene routine.

The second and more serious stage of gingivitis occurs when the bacteria delves deeper into the jaws and begins to attack the supporting ligaments and bones. This is known as periodontitis, and although the symptoms can be treated and stopped from spreading the damage cannot be reversed. Furthermore, periodontitis has been linked to conditions such as heart, respiratory and cardiovascular disease as well as diabetes.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms described above, contact our friendly team at Waiuku Dental Centre in Waiuku to arrange a consultation and stop it before it starts.


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