Understanding Periodontal (gum) Disease

Periodontal (Gum) disease occurs when a bacterial infection develops where the gums join the teeth. Harmful bacteria release enzymes that can cause underlying bone loss, receding gums and eventual tooth loss.

  • Gum disease is the #1 cause of tooth loss in adults
  • Affects more than half of people over age 30
  • Often painless and may go undetected
  • Associated with serious systemic illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, etc.

In a healthy mouth, shallow (1-3 mm) pockets exist where the teeth meet the gums. When gum disease occurs, these pockets deepen. Deeper pockets accumulate harmful bacteria, which may lead to increased gum inflammation and loss of teeth.

Periodontal (gum) Disease

During your routine dental examination, the dentist or dental hygienist will evaluate your periodontal health. This includes measuring the space between your gum and tooth (periodontal pocket) and an assessment of your tissue health. If any problems are found, it is important to treat them as quickly and as thoroughly as possible to avoid any further problems with your teeth.

At Confident Orthodontics we have invested in a brand new way of painlessly treating periodontal problem – Periowave™.


Periowave™ is a quick and painless technology that works to kill the bacteria associated with periodontal disease, without the promotion of antibiotic resistance.

Periowave™ utilises a non-thermal laser light to activate a photosensitising solution designed to kill bacteria. Killing the bacteria halts the progression of the disease and allows healing to begin.

Periowave is Stress-Free Dentistry:

  • Pain-free
  • Proven efficacy
  • Safe on dental materials
  • Ideal for infection around implants
  • Keeps gums healthy
  • Regenerates bone lost due to gum disease

If you think you may have gum disease and would like to be seen by our expert in Periodontics please contact us now. Your teeth are very precious and keeping them healthy is the only way to ensure you still have them in the future.

Remember – you don’t have to be referred by your dentist for help – you can self refer