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Gum Disease

Our experienced dental team is dedicated to providing personalised care and effective treatment options for all stages of gum disease.

What Is Gum Disease?

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a bacterial infection that affects the tissues that support and surround the teeth, including the gums, ligaments, and bones.

Types of Gum Disease

Gum disease is a prevalent dental condition that can have severe consequences when left untreated. This dental problem is classified into two main types.


Gingivitis is the mildest form of gum disease, and it usually results from poor oral hygiene. Symptoms include red, swollen, and bleeding gums, and bad breath.

Gingivitis can often be treated and reversed with good oral hygiene habits, such as brushing and flossing regularly, and getting regular dental cleanings.


If gingivitis is left untreated, it can progress to periodontitis, which is a more severe form of gum disease.

In periodontitis, the gums pull away from the teeth, creating pockets that can become infected. This can lead to bone and tooth loss, and it can also increase the risk of other health problems.

Treatment for periodontitis may include deep cleaning, medications, surgery, and ongoing maintenance to prevent the disease from recurring.

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Your Path to Healthy Gums

At Belmont Dental Surgery, our dental team is committed to delivering personalised treatments tailored to your specific needs, aiming to safeguard your oral health and prevent the onset or advancement of gum disease.

We take pride in our approach, which places emphasis on individual care and guidance, ensuring that you receive the best possible treatment for a healthier and happier smile.


Frequently asked questions

At Belmont Dental Surgery, we understand the impact that gum disease can have on your oral health and overall wellbeing. We hope the questions we’ve listed below help you understand the condition and act as a guide on your next step.

What causes gum disease?

Gum disease is caused by the buildup of plaque and tartar on the teeth and gums, which can lead to inflammation and infection.

How is gum disease diagnosed?

Your dentist will perform a comprehensive dental exam, including X-rays, to diagnose gum disease. They may also use a probe to measure the depth of the pockets around the teeth.

Is gum disease contagious?

No, gum disease is not contagious. However, the bacteria that cause gum disease can be spread through saliva, so it’s important to practice good oral hygiene habits to prevent the spread of infection.

Keep Your Gums Healthy

Discover the key practices and habits that will help you achieve optimal gum health and ensure a confident and radiant smile.

  • Brushing your teeth at least twice a day helps to remove plaque and bacteria that can cause gum disease. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to gently clean your teeth and gums.
  • Flossing is essential in removing plaque and bacteria from between your teeth and along the gum line. Use a gentle back-and-forth motion to clean the sides of each tooth and below the gumline.

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  • Rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash can help to reduce the amount of plaque and bacteria in your mouth. Look for a mouthwash that is specifically designed to fight gum disease.
  • A balanced and nutritious diet can help to keep your gums healthy. Foods that are high in sugar and carbohydrates can increase the risk of gum disease, so try to limit your intake of these foods.
  • Smoking and using tobacco products can increase the risk of gum disease and other oral health problems. Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your oral and overall health.
  • Stress can weaken your immune system, making it more difficult for your body to fight off infections. Practice stress-reducing techniques, such as meditation or yoga, to help keep your body and gums healthy.
  • Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are essential in preventing and treating gum disease. Your dentist can help to identify and address any potential problems before they become more severe.

What our clients say

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First visit and I was nervous, however I felt very much at ease as Receptionists were calming, and professional. On meeting Damian felt comfortable and he was gentle and caring and Hiliary a competent nurse. Am returning and have no hesitation in recommending the dental practice.

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I have been coming to Belmont Dental Surgery since around 2 years. They helped fix some issues I had at the start and now I'm always happy to come back for me regular check up, since all of the staff are so friendly & helpful.
They helped me heaps with overcoming my fear of dentist, by being so comforting and all around amazing!

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My first time at Belmont Dental and I cannot give this practice enough stars. I am always nervous going to the dentist but all of the staff were caring and professional from the moment I made my appointment. I also had the most painless clean in years thanks to the new airflow machine they used.

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I’ve been seeing Dr Phil at Belmont Dental Surgery for a few years and he has become a great friend. I’m always treated with respect by the staff and the dental experience is always pleasant at the Clinic.

Totes recommend, 10/10!

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I visited Belmont dental last week a bit nervous about dentist in receptionist I was greeted by a very friendly lady on the way down to my dentist Kevin I had a chat with a very friendly dentist Phil,Kevin put me at ease with his professional approach and attitude I would have no problem recommending Belmont dental to anyone, quality dental service.

Where to find us

Belmont Dental Surgery

171 Belmont Avenue
Belmont WA 6104

Tel: (08) 9277 3837

Public Transport:

There are bus stops (Transperth stop ID 14265 & 14257) directly outside the practice which are serviced by bus numbers 286, 287, 380 and 935.