Are you concerned you don’t have healthy gums? Do your gums feel sensitive or swollen, especially when you brush your teeth? Do your gums bleed? Do any of your teeth feel loose?
Gum disease can be easily avoided and The Good Dentist provides expert gum disease analysis and treatment plans if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms. The team at our Newcastle clinic are gum disease prevention expert, because prevention is always better than cure, and with regular check-ups, dental health education and a good home routine, this problem can be avoided altogether.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease occurs when the soft tissue that surrounds and supports the teeth, i.e. the gums, becomes infected. Almost a third of Australian adults have moderate to severe gum disease; either gingivitis and periodontitis.
Gingivitis is a form of gum disease that causes inflamed gums. Symptoms include puffy, swollen, or redness in gums, they may feel tender and can bleed.
Periodontitis is a more serious gum infection that can result in receding gum, tooth loss, damage to the jawbone and if left untreated, becomes a risk factor for heart and lung diseases.
Causes Of Gum Disease
Gum disease develops when plaque and tartar build-up on teeth.
Caused by bacteria that form a biofilm commonly known as plaque; the disease builds up around the teeth, through lack of proper oral hygiene, such as brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash.
The bacteria cause bleeding gums, inflammation, sensitive teeth, and bad breath (halitosis) and if left untreated can deteriorate into gingivitis which can result in loose teeth and in some cases abscesses.
Gum Disease Can Impact Overall Health
Treated in a timely fashion, via regular dental check-ups, gum disease can be reversed. However, some people can be more susceptible to the bacteria around the gums causing inflammation. If the gum inflammation does not clear up it can enter the bloodstream.
More evidence is emerging to show that periodontal disease could be an underlying cause of other health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, adverse pregnancy outcomes, and Alzheimer’s disease.
The Good Dentist Prevents Gum Disease
Brushing your teeth at least twice a day along with regular flossing assists in preventing gum disease.
The Good Dentist, Newcastle, guarantees gum disease prevention as part of a regular dental check-up schedule. Gum disease can develop over time, so regular dentist appointments are needed for removing plaque or tartar that cannot be removed by brushing or flossing alone.
If gum disease is detected, we work with you to manage and treat the disease to prevent it from advancing to periodontitis. We use diagnostic tools to analyse the health of your gums at each check-up. Of course, if you need periodontitis treatment we can provide safe and effective solutions.