The Importance of Gum Disease Treatment for a Healthy Smile

Dec 3, 2023


Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, affects millions of people worldwide. It is a common oral health issue that, if left untreated, can lead to severe dental problems. At Teeth at Tiong Bahru, our team of experts in general dentistry, dentists, and orthodontists is dedicated to providing top-notch gum disease treatments to ensure our patients maintain a healthy smile.

Understanding Gum Disease

Gum disease is a bacterial infection of the gums and tissues that support your teeth. It begins with the buildup of plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that forms on the surface of your teeth. If not properly removed through regular brushing and flossing, the bacteria in plaque can infect your gums, leading to inflammation, redness, and swelling.

If left untreated, gum disease can progress into a more severe stage called periodontitis, where the infection spreads below the gum line, causing the gums to pull away from the teeth. This can result in tooth loss, bone damage, and other serious dental issues. Regular gum disease treatment is crucial to prevent these complications.

The Signs and Symptoms of Gum Disease

Recognizing the signs and symptoms of gum disease is essential for early detection and prompt treatment. Some common indicators include:

  • Bleeding gums during brushing or flossing
  • Swollen or tender gums
  • Receding gums
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Loose teeth

If you notice any of these symptoms, it's crucial to schedule an appointment with Teeth at Tiong Bahru for a comprehensive examination and gum disease evaluation.

Gum Disease Treatment at Teeth at Tiong Bahru

Teeth at Tiong Bahru offers a wide range of gum disease treatment options tailored to meet the specific needs of our patients. Our experienced team of dentists and orthodontists will perform a thorough evaluation to determine the severity of your gum disease and recommend the most appropriate treatment plan.

1. Professional Teeth Cleaning (Scaling and Root Planing)

One of the initial steps in gum disease treatment is a professional teeth cleaning procedure known as scaling and root planing. This deep cleaning process involves removing plaque and tartar buildup from the teeth and root surfaces, smoothing out any rough areas to remove bacteria effectively.

During the procedure, our dental experts use specialized instruments to carefully clean above and below the gumline, ensuring that all areas affected by gum disease are thoroughly treated. Scaling and root planing help control the infection and prevent further progression.

2. Localized Antibiotic Treatment

In some cases of moderate to advanced gum disease, localized antibiotic treatment may be recommended. This involves applying antibiotics directly to the infected pockets and gums to eliminate bacteria and promote healing. Our highly skilled dentists will determine if this treatment modality is suitable for your condition.

3. Dental Surgeries

If gum disease has advanced to a severe stage, surgical intervention may be necessary. Teeth at Tiong Bahru offers various gum disease surgeries, including:

a) Flap Surgery

Flap surgery, also known as pocket reduction surgery, involves lifting back the gums to remove tartar deposits and bacteria. The gum tissue is then secured back in place, promoting proper healing and reducing pocket depth.

b) Bone Grafting

In cases where gum disease has caused significant bone loss, a bone grafting procedure may be recommended. This involves placing grafting material in the affected area to stimulate new bone growth and restore proper support for the teeth.

c) Soft Tissue Grafting

Soft tissue grafting is performed to restore gum tissue that has receded due to gum disease. This procedure involves taking a small amount of tissue from another area of your mouth (or using donor tissue) and placing it over the affected area to enhance the appearance and protect the roots of the teeth.

Preventing Gum Disease

Prevention is always better than treatment when it comes to gum disease. Incorporating the following practices into your oral hygiene routine can help reduce the risk of gum disease:

1. Proper Oral Hygiene

Brushing your teeth at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing daily helps remove plaque and bacteria, preventing gum disease and other dental issues. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and gentle circular motions to clean all tooth surfaces, including the gumline.

2. Regular Dental Check-Ups

Visit Teeth at Tiong Bahru for regular dental check-ups and professional teeth cleanings. Our experts will thoroughly examine your gums and teeth, detect early signs of gum disease, and provide necessary treatments before the condition worsens.

3. Healthy Lifestyle Choices

Avoiding smoking and maintaining a well-balanced diet that is low in sugar can significantly contribute to gum disease prevention. Smoking weakens your immune system, making it harder for your body to fight infection, while sugary foods and drinks provide fuel for bacteria to thrive.


Gum disease treatment plays a crucial role in maintaining a healthy smile and preventing severe dental complications. At Teeth at Tiong Bahru, our skilled team of professionals in general dentistry, dentists, and orthodontics are here to provide you with comprehensive gum disease treatments tailored to your specific needs.

Don't hesitate to schedule an appointment with us if you are experiencing any signs or symptoms of gum disease. Take proactive steps to protect your oral health and achieve the smile you deserve.