Periodontitis or Bleeding Gums, Gum Disease, Swollen Gums and Gingivitis

Ever wondered why your gums are bleeding despite brushing twice a day and using mouthwash? Noticed any blood when you spit out after brushing? Or worse, you may be thinking that your gums look red and angry and all’s well when there’s no pain. If you are experiencing any of the above, it’s time to consult with Epping High Dental where our team will help you discover the reason why this is happening and this could very possibly be the beginnings of early gum disease (gingivitis) or advanced gum disease.

Bad breath can be a problem if it is chronic in nature. It may even be a sign of a potential serious problem in the mouth.

What causes gum disease?

Due to its insidious nature, gum disease is often a problem that most people don’t realise its severity until it’s too late. The body’s amazing capacity to ward off challenges from bacterial accumulations near the gum is shown with appearance of red inflamed gums which is basically a sign of the tissue being irritated by. Often if this is untreated, we will see the bone being eaten away as a result of the by products of the body’s immune response. Infection will result and even the loss of the tooth may eventuate. The majority of the population will have some of gum disease and we are beginning to see its links with other diseases such as heart disease, Alzheimer’s and diabetes. Pregnant women are also at risk with the possibility of low-birth weight. 


Gum diseases progress slowly and often painlessly. Bacteria burrow further into the periodontal pockets, causing irreversible damage to the supporting gums and bones. Gum diseases will eventually lead to tooth loss. If you have loose or missing teeth due to gum disease, often other teeth will become overloaded and gradually become loose themselves.

What can be done about gum disease?

Unfortunately, once there is evidence of actual bone loss, it is very difficult to reverse the effects of advanced gum disease. We aim to halt the disease process by providing professional gum treatment to eliminate all sources of the cause. Usually this entails 2-3 courses of gum cleaning with local anaesthetic, so that all tartar and plaque is removed from the deep parts of the gums that aren’t accessible conventionally by the patient. A personalised oral hygiene regime is recommended covering particular attention to flossing techniques and brushing.

What happens if it’s left untreated?

Worse case scenario, patients will end up losing teeth due to complete loss of the bony foundation. This will lead to difficulties in chewing and enjoying your foods. Recent scientific reports have shown toxins from the plaque deposits being evident in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. The saying that the health of the oral cavity is the portal to your overall health is very true in this instance.

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