The truth about Gum Disease
Periodontal disease or commonly known as Gum Disease is the inflammation and infection of the gums. This is usually caused by bacteria and a build up of plaque on teeth.
When left untreated the inflammation and infection worsens, causing gums to recede or the pocket between the gum and teeth to increase resulting in bone loss and loose teeth. The final result is possible extraction by a dentist.
Signs of periodontal disease to be mindful of:
o Bad breath
o Red, swollen, bleeding gums
o Nasty taste in mouth
o Denture fit has changed
o Build up of plaque and calculus
o Genetics. Yes unfortunately! Ask your family members if they have ever experienced problems with periodontal disease.
In addition gum disease can be exasperated by unstable diabetes, smoking, mouth breathing and sleep apnoea.
After a dentist has examined your teeth and gums a treatment plan will be developed custom to your treatment needs. If you are diagnosed with periodontal disease appointments will be made with one of our experienced dental hygienists, they will begin by answering any questions you may have. The hygienist’s intention is to remove build ups of plaque and calculus using special instruments, a local anaesthetic may be used to numb the area for treatment to ensure you remain comfortable. As part of your appointment your hygienist will demonstrate ways to improve your oral hygiene at home. In some cases the intervention of a specialist periodontist may be required.
The benefit of treatment is not only a mouth that feels and looks healthier, chances of keeping your teeth for life increases along with your overall health. Studies show that gum disease is linked to heart disease and premature births.
If you take action today you can help prevent gum disease and take control of your oral health. Brush morning and night with a soft bristle brush and floss once a day. A healthy diet can also help prevent gum disease, high-sugar diets can contribute to a build up of plaque.
If you are concerned about the health of your gums please call us today on 9276 3177 to reserve a time with on of our experienced dentists.