Gum Disease (It’s Invisible)
Your mouth, the gateway to your health.
Healthy mouth, healthy body.
Did you know Periodontal Disease is the major cause of tooth loss in adults?
Signs of Periodontal Disease include:
Periodontal disease, often called gum disease, is an inflammatory disease that attacks the gums, bones and other supporting structures of the teeth. It is the result of plaque (colourless bacteria that forms on teeth). If plaque is not brushed away, gums begin to slip downwards away from the tooth. This movement creates pockets in between teeth and gums, which eventually fill with plaque and cause deterioration.
Periodontal disease affects the tissues supporting the teeth. As the disease gets worse the bone anchoring the teeth in the jaw is lost, making the teeth loose. If this is not treated, the teeth may eventually fall out or need to be removed. The diagnosis of periodontal disease can be made through careful examination of the teeth and gums. Within this consultation x-rays would be taken and the depth of the gum pockets measured.
Treatment: The first step in maintaining a healthy smile is through prevention of disease. At Heath Dental we stress the importance of understanding oral hygiene and preventative care. One of the best ways to treat gingivitis is to practice good oral hygiene and you can do this by:
- Brushing your teeth twice a day (in the morning and last thing at night)
- Flossing daily
- Not smoking
If possible, it is best to use an electric toothbrush to clean your teeth. You should also try using fluoride toothpaste if your water supply is low in fluoride. Fluoride is a natural mineral, which helps to strengthen your tooth enamel, protecting it from tooth decay.
How Gum Disease affects you – 5 Ways
- Bad breath
- Loose teeth with unsightly gaps forming, as teeth move through loss of support
- Pain – abscess formation – both teeth and gums often painful and difficult to treat
- Tooth loss
- Medical conditions – substantial evidence to link gum disease with heart attack, high blood pressure, diabetes, premature babies, low birth weight babies, low sperm count.
To make sure that plaque and tartar do not build up on your teeth it is advisable to visit your Dental professional regularly, so that your teeth and gums can be examined and expert advice given, followed by gentle but effective detoxing of the mouth. We maintain the health of your gums by regular thorough ultrasonic scaling. This procedure involves having plaque and tartar gently removed with the use of ultrasound before being polished to remove blemishes and stains.
For more complex cases we advise treatment using our Waterlase hard and soft tissue laser. All of our hygiene treatments are tailor-made for you. If gingivitis is left untreated, it may progress to periodontal disease and subsequent tooth loss.
How Therapy Benefits You
- Reduces risk of tooth decay, fewer fillings
- Keep your teeth
- Confidence – dazzling smile and fresh breath
- Reduces risk of serious illness
- Be luckier – in job interviews, in relationships, in self confidence
- Save money – less complex and invasive treatment required due to prevention