Gum disease is very common around the world. Often, people are unaware they have it and ignore symptoms like bleeding after brushing or mild inflammation.

In fact, these symptoms are typical of gingivitis – the first stage of gum disease. This can be treated at home by improving your oral hygiene and using special mouthwashes, but it is sometimes necessary to visit Fitzroy Dental Practice, so that we can clean your gum line thoroughly.

Without treatment, gingivitis can progress to periodontal disease, the second, more severe stage of gum disease. This can cause numerous problems, including tooth loss


The main cause of gum inflammation and irritation is a build-up of plaque and poor oral hygiene. As plaque is deposited on the teeth and gum line, bacteria can irritate the gums, leading to worsening gum problems.

Other risk factors include smoking, medical conditions like diabetes and cancer, poor diet and some medications.

You can avoid gum disease by improving your home care routine, giving up harmful habits like smoking and visiting our practice for regular check-ups and cleaning appointments.

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