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What Causes Gum Disease?

Do you find your gums are bleeding when you brush or floss? You may be suffering from gum disease. Gum Disease can include gingivitis, a mild infection of the gums, or the more severe periodontitis. Gum Disease is caused by plaque: a sticky, colourless bacteria that forms on the teeth. Brushing and flossing can help fight plaque, but if it is not removed it can harden into tartar. The bacteria then causes inflammation which leads to gums being red and swollen, which in turn causes them to bleed easily.

How Is Gum Disease Treated?

There are several surgical and non-surgical options for treating gum disease:


Dental Cleaning: Having the plaque and tartar removed from your teeth during a professional teeth cleaning can prevent the spread of gum disease and help you prevent the spread and progression of the disease. We may suggest receiving a cleaning more often in an effort to combat the spread of the gingivitis.

Scaling and Planing: This cleaning procedure involves scraping away the tartar from the teeth and gums and smoothing out the rough patches on the teeth that can attract bacterial buildup.


In some severe cases, severe gum disease may require a surgical treatment. This may require lifting the gums to clean under them and replaced where the fit tightly around the teeth, leaving less space for harmful bacteria to grow. It may also require a bone graft, which adds volume and density to your jaw in areas where bone loss has occurred due to infection and/or periodontal disease.

What if I Don’t Like Going To The Dentist?

That’s Fine! Here at Oracare, we pride ourselves on offering the most comfortable dental experience for even the most Dentophobic patients. In fact we like to say we ‘Cater To Cowards.’ Our Sedation Dentistry means you can have a calm, relaxing dentist appointment that won’t cause you stress and won’t leave you recovering from being ‘knocked out’ for hours after your visit.