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Gum Disease Treatment and Prevention

Beautiful woman wearing headscarfGum disease is one of the most common oral health issues that we see in our practice. Here’s a quick overview of what it is, its cause and prevention.

The Relentless Formation of Plaque

Gum disease begins with the plaque that is forming on your teeth this very moment. This sticky, colourless film contains saliva, food particles and bacteria. The toxins produced by the bacteria causes irritation to the gum tissue around each tooth.

Gingivitis is usually characterised by two obvious symptoms. The first is chronic bad breath or a persistent bad taste in your mouth. The second is irritated gums that often bleed during brushing.

At this early stage, this inflammatory process is known as gingivitis. Thankfully, with regular use, your toothbrush can usually stop gingivitis in its tracks.

Gingivitis Can Become Periodontitis

If neglected, periodontitis, a more destructive form of gum disease can emerge. This is when the inflammation extends down to the bone and supporting tissues below the gum line.

Periodontitis means the bacterial toxins are now attacking the structures that hold the teeth in place. This occurs in three increasingly serious phases that can ultimately result in permanent tooth loss. Periodontitis is often accompanied by pain or discomfort when eating. Teeth often become loose and shift out of their usual position.

Immediate treatment is required.

Gum Disease Treatment

Professional treatment is needed in cases involving advanced gum disease. X-ray imaging can document the extent of any bone loss below the gum line.

A comprehensive cleaning will remove the bacteria-laden plaque that has hardened into calculus. In extreme cases root planing may be necessary to allow gum tissue to heal and reattach to the teeth.

We may recommend certain medicines to help reduce infection and improve healing.

Gum Disease Prevention

Naturally, prevention is the best strategy. But if you haven’t maintained your teeth and gums as well as you wish you had, no worries. We’re here to help. No shame. No scolding. Just caring, compassionate advice and encouragement.

Here’s what you can do so your teeth will last a lifetime:

  1. Brush your teeth twice a day. We find that electric toothbrushes work best.
  2. Floss your teeth daily. Bedtime flossing helps reduce nighttime plaque build up.
  3. See us twice each year for a thorough examination and professional cleaning.

Do You Have Gum Disease?

If you suspect you have gum disease or want to discuss your concerns, call us today. It will be your first contact with our thoughtful team of dental professionals. You’ll see why so many of our patients return again and again.

Gum Disease Treatment Alderley, Newmarket, Ashgrove, Enoggera QLD | 07 3356 3636