Common Signs You Have a
Gum Disease

With proper oral hygiene, regular brushing, flossing, and professional teeth cleanings, gingivitis can be avoided, although it is still possible. Common signs of early gum disease (or gingivitis) include these:
In contrast, severe gum disease or periodontal disease may observe the following signs or symptoms:

Why Choose
Ashburton Dental Centre For Gum Disease Treatment?

At Ashburton Dental Centre, we understand the importance of your oral health and strive to maintain it. With our highly trained dentists, you can feel confident that we will take steps to keep your mouth healthy, as we offer a wide range of treatment plans to address the needs of every patient.
Also, our dental clinic uses advanced equipment for all types of procedures, including gum disease treatment. We take pride in our ability to provide excellent service without breaking your wallet!

FAQ's About Gum Disease Treatment In Martin

Plaque is a sticky, bacteria-containing film on the teeth that build-up on teeth and along the gum line is what usually causes gum disease. The immune system seeks to remove plaque by eliciting an inflammatory reaction. This is evident by the redness and swelling around the tooth.

Also, other factors can contribute to periodontal disease. The following are some factors:

Hormonal changes. During hormonal changes, such as during pregnancy, puberty, menopause, and monthly menstruation, gingivitis is more likely to develop.

Dry mouth. In the case of dry mouth, salivary glands in the mouth do not produce enough saliva to keep the mouth moist. This is primarily due to aging. Dry mouth is a common side effect for some medications, radiation therapy and breathing problems, leading to gum disease.

Certain health conditions. Your gums are affected by certain illnesses. These include conditions such as cancer or HIV that interfere with the immune system. Also, diabetes impairs the body’s ability to use blood sugar; diabetic persons are more likely to experience infections, such as periodontal disease and cavities.

Certain medications. Medicines can affect oral health negatively since some may reduce saliva flow, which protects teeth and gums.

Lifestyle. For example, smoking damages gum tissue, making it hard for it to heal.

Poor oral hygiene practices. Brushing and flossing improperly or infrequently can increase the risk of gingivitis and other oral problems.

Genetics. Gum disease is more likely to affect you if your family has a dental disease history.

The sooner you find a dentist to take care of your gingivitis lowers your chance of developing periodontal disease or losing a tooth.

Gingivitis is the beginning of periodontal disease, a severe problem caused by untreated gingivitis and long-term plaque build-up. Surface layers of the gums are affected, particularly where the gum touches the teeth. At this point, there is no damage to the deeper layers of the tooth, gums, or bone.

If gingivitis is left unchecked, it can lead to Periodontitis, a more complex gum disease.

Periodontitis affects the tooth root, bone, and the fibres that connect the tooth root to the bone (periodontal ligament).

Periodontal disease can cause the gums to become inflamed, resulting in gaps between the tooth root and the gums. These areas are referred to as ‘periodontal pockets.’ Bacteria accumulate in these pockets, resulting in further damage to the periodontium. Bone loss gradually occurs, creating a larger gap between the teeth and the gums.

Periodontitis can result in long-term damage. It is manageable, but unfortunately, it cannot be fully cured. As for gingivitis, it is preventable by practising good dental hygiene and visiting your dentist regularly for cleanings and checkups.

One of the best ways to prevent gum disease risk is to practice proper oral hygiene. To avoid them, here are a few suggestions:

  • As part of good oral hygiene, you should brush your teeth at least twice a day – in the morning and at night.
  • Use floss, interdental brushes, or other dental tools your dentist recommends to clean between teeth.
  • Dentures are more likely to develop plaque build-up, which puts them at risk for gum disease. Seek more info about how to take care of your dentures and oral health.
  • Many oral problems can be prevented by having regular checkups. Regular dental cleanings are recommended every six to twelve months. It may be necessary to have your teeth cleaned more frequently if you have risk factors for periodontitis, such as dry mouth, smoking, taking certain medications, etc.

You may have gingivitis if your gums are abnormally large, dark red, inflamed, or often bleed when you brush or floss. Regularly visiting your dentist will allow the dentist to detect early signs of dental disease.

If you notice any symptoms of gum disease, schedule an appointment with your dentist right away. Periodontitis or any further complications are preventable if you seek treatment early.

The infection and damage that gingivitis causes can lead to periodontal disease, a more severe stage of gum inflammation. The destruction deep in your jaw will worsen as it eats away at teeth, causing them to become loose or fall out entirely over time if left untreated. As a result of gum disease, periodontal pockets will form between the gums and the teeth, which might lead to an abnormal bite as well as discomfort during chewing or biting.

The treatment service aims to control the infection. The dental professional will examine the affected area to decide where to begin.

Treatments for gum disease may include deep cleanings, medications, or oral antibiotics.


The deep cleaning process is different from ordinary cleaning. Dentists use special tools to perform this procedure, which goes below the gum line.

In scaling, tartar and hardened plaque are removed above and below the gum line. Also, root planing may be performed. This is a process that cleans the root surfaces of teeth. It allows your gums to reattach to your teeth.


Gum disease cannot be fully managed with any specific medicine. However, dental professionals may prescribe antibiotics or antibiotic gels to reduce pain and inflammation, and control infection.

Antiseptic mouthrinse

As part of a regular brushing routine, swish some antiseptic mouthwash to reduce bacteria. These products can be bought over-the-counter or by prescription.

Soft tissue grafts

In this procedure, weak gums are strengthened, or receding gum lines are filled. Grafted tissue is sewn into place, usually from the roof of the mouth, to add tissue to the damaged area.

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