Wentworthville Dental

PH: 8677 1021
31 Dunmore Street Wentworthville NSW 2145 *Opposite THE MALL*

Gentle and affordable quality dental care - Dentist in Parramatta

Periodontal Disease and Gum Infections

Periodontal disease is the inflammation and infection of the gums. It is caused by plaque, a thick and sticky film of bacteria that builds up on the teeth.

Plaque can harden to become calculus, known also tartar. Plaque and calculus are caused by poor oral hygiene; that is, the teeth have not been cleaned thoroughly or often enough.

Early stage of gum disease: Bacteria and plaque and calculus can damage the gums and cause gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums. Gingivitis can usually be treated successfully by removal of the plaque and calculus, followed by thorough but gentle cleaning (that is, flossing then brushing everyday).

Advanced stage of gum disease: The advanced stage of gum disease is called periodontitis. It can cause serious damage to teeth and the gums, and bone that supports the teeth.

As gum inflammation and infection get worse, pockets form between gum and teeth, and gum may recede from the teeth. As a result, teeth can become loose, fall out or require extraction by a dentist.

Periodontitis can result in the loss of many teeth in some people.

Benefits of treatment: The purpose of periodontal treatment is to stop or slow down the progression of gum disease.

Benefits include having:

  • A mouth that feels looks and is healthier
  • Teeth that feel smooth and look clean
  • A better chance of keeping your teeth for life


  • Red, swollen, tender, painful or bleeding gums
  • Gums that have shrunk from the teeth
  • Persistent bad breath
  • A bad taste in the mouth
  • Abscesses between teeth and gums
  • A fit of denture has changed
  • Loose teeth, drifting apart of teeth, and gaps appearing between teeth.


  • nib Health Fund
  • Australian Dental Association member- NSW
  • HICAPS – Fast Dental Claims on the spot