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Gingivitis | Periodontitis | Gum Disease Treatment in Melbourne

GUM DISEASE (Gingivitis and Periodontitis)

Gum disease is the inflammation and infection of the bone and gum that supports teeth. It is caused by bacteria in dental plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) that forms daily on the surface of the teeth.

Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease. It is inflammation of the gums which causes then to become red, swollen and bleed when brushing or flossing. Healthy gums should not be tender or bleed.


Long standing gingivitis can progress to a more serious form of gum disease called Periodontitis. This is where the bone anchoring the teeth in the jaw is lost and teeth become loose. If this is not treated, the teeth may eventually fall out.

Periodontitis is one of the most common causes of tooth loss in adults and most people will suffer from some form of gum disease. Certain people are at greater risk of gum disease such as:

  • Patients that clean ineffectively at home or do not have regular professional cleans by the hygienist or dentist
  • Patients with a past history of gum disease
  • Patients with a family history of gum disease
  • Smokers
  • A stressful lifestyle
  • Poorly controlled diabetics
  • Patients with a compromised immune system

Gum disease is preventable and controllable. People are often not aware of the onset of gum disease and significant bone loss can often occur before patients notice any problems.


It is important to have your gums checked regularly as part of a routine dental check up by the dentist, carry out thorough brushing and flossing daily and have a scale and clean by the hygienist every six months.

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Call us on (03) 9555 7666





1048 Nepean HWY, Moorabbin VIC 3189


About Us

Moorabbin Dental Group has been providing high quality dental care to the local community for over 30 years. As a general dental practice we provide all facets of general dental care and tailor our treatment to your individual concerns.

Service Area

We service Melbourne especially Moorabbin and surrounding suburbs which include but not limited to: Bentleigh, Bentleigh East, Heatherton, Sandringham, Highett, Hampton, Hampton East, Cheltenham, Mentone, Brighton, Brighton East, Black Rock, Ormond and Beaumaris.

Opening Hours

Monday:      8am – 6pm
Tuesday:      8am – 6pm
Wednesday:      8am – 6pm
Thursday:      8am – 6pm
Friday:      8am – 5:30pm
Saturday:      8am – 1pm
Sunday:      Closed