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Gum problems - NewSmile Dental Perth

Gum problems

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Gum problems - NewSmile Dental Perth

Gum problems & bleeding

Gum problems may become apparent when you notice bleeding gums, as you brush or floss your teeth.

Bleeding gums are only one of the symptoms of gum problems, which can start as gingivitis (inflammation in the gum) and progress to periodontitis (inflammation in the surrounding tissues of the teeth). You may suffer from halitosis (bad breath), swollen or puffy gums, tartar stuck on your teeth, gum recession or in advanced stages, loosening teeth.

So why is it so important to have a professional dental check of your gums and to look after your gum problems? Your gums and surrounding “periodontal tissue” such as bone and tooth ligament keep your teeth in place, and they are an essential part of your oral system.


Unhealthy gums can cause inflammatory changes that lead to bone and attachment loss around your teeth (periodontal disease or periodontal pockets). This can then lead to deeper inflammation, infection and tooth loss, and have potential effects on your general health. It also impacts the quality of your breath and your smile.

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Simple gum problems and oral hygiene issues can lead to deeper gum disease

Gum problems can be diagnosed and managed by your dentist and oral/dental hygienist at NewSmile. We recommend to plan regular checkups, which will include an assessment of your gum health. If you feel any discomfort, pain or swelling, we recommend you see your dentist before the problems get worse. Untreated gum disease can lead to severe infections and periodontal disease, gum recession and loss of gum mass, and it can affect the health of your teeth too.

Remember, gum disease can progress silently and painlessly. Unfortunately we often see patients who have either not had their gum problems properly diagnosed, or have not seen a dentist thinking their gums are healthy because they have no bleeding or pain, or because they brush their teeth several times a day. It is crucial that you have regular, professional and thorough assessment of your gums and teeth, not to just rely on your symptoms and home hygiene. It is also crucial that following our helping you establish good oral health, that you maintain your “preventive maintenance” with regular visits to the dentist and dental hygienist.

Gum disease - NewSmile Dental Perth

Receding gums and what can be done about them

Gum recession can be caused by a history of gum disease, but can also take place in healthy gums, if they are thin and wear down with overzealous or incorrect brushing.

If you have gum recession which makes your teeth look long or your tooth roots become visible, it may heavily impact how you feel about your smile and your appearance. Luckily, the advances in modern dentistry allow you to consider cosmetic dentistry treatments that will give you an improved oral health, and a new smile. At NewSmile, once we ensure your gums are healthy and free from inflammation, we can offer gum grafting and rejuvenation procedures, to cover exposed tooth roots and reduce unsightly gum recession (pending clinical suitability).

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Severe (terminal) gum disease

If your gum disease (periodontal disease) is too advanced for treatment, you may already be suffering from very loose teeth, or severe bone loss around your teeth.

For many suitable patients, we remove diseased teeth and gum tissue, and perform immediate implant teeth replacement options. You will then have to make sure to start excellent oral hygiene and regular maintenance care, to help avoid future gum problems.

NewSmile Dental Perth is a state-of-the-art clinic, with enthusiastic, friendly and highly qualified dentists and oral hygienists. We will do everything we can to make your checkups and treatments as comfortable as possible, so don’t hesitate to contact us and book an appointment today.