Care for your gums and your smile will thank you! There’s far more to a smile than teeth and yet many people don’t realise that their gums are equally as important for a healthy smile. If gums are neglected you could develop a condition known as periodontitis, an aggressive form of gum disease that attacks the bone and ligaments that support the teeth.
When this happens, bone and tooth loss may occur. We regularly carry out gum disease treatment at our Parkdale dental clinic and welcome patients from nearby Melbourne suburbs including Aspendale, Aspendale Gardens and Braeside.
Are you concerned about your gums?
So what is gum disease exactly?
Gum disease (periodontal disease) is an infection in the gums caused by bacteria contained in dental plaque and tartar. If this bacterial debris isn’t removed regularly, it can irritate the gum tissue causing the body to trigger an inflammation that makes the gums swell, bleed, and eventually push away from the teeth.
Furthermore, studies have shown that there is a link between periodontal disease and serious medical conditions including diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Taking care of your gums will help you keep your teeth longer.
Gum disease treatment in Parkdale, Vic – What’s Involved?
In the early stages of gum disease (gingivitis), treatment usually consists of a scale and polish. A scale involves the removal of hardened plaque and tartar from the teeth using special instruments. Cleaning and polishing removes sticky debris and smooths the surface of the teeth. Removing bacterial debris that can cause gum infections helps keep gums healthy.
If gingivitis has escalated into periodontal disease, there are other treatments and surgeries that help eliminate harmful bacteria. These may include:
Root planing – a procedure that smooths the tooth roots so that bacteria can’t attach
Gum pocket reduction
Do you have gum disease?
Gum disease rarely causes pain, so you may not even know you have it. This is why it’s important to attend regular hygiene appointments or schedule a general check-up and clean.
To find out more about gum disease treatment in Parkdale or to book an appointment call Synergy Dental Group on (03) 7003 2185 or book online.
Frequently Asked Questions About Gum Disease
What are the symptoms of gingivitis and periodontal disease?
The symptoms of gingivitis include reddened, swollen, tender or bleeding gums. The symptoms of periodontal disease are similar but more severe. Patients may also notice they have chronic bad breath, loose teeth, and pus beneath the gum line.
What causes periodontal disease?
Several causes of periodontal disease are under a patient’s control and include uncontrolled diabetes, smoking, and poor oral hygiene. Other risk factors include hormonal changes in women, genetics and some medications that reduce the production of saliva.
What are the consequences of not having gum disease treatment in Parkdale?
You may not know, but gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults.
Researchers have also uncovered overwhelming evidence that it puts a person more at risk of:
Heart disease, diabetes, stroke, Alzheimer’s, pregnancy complications and some cancers.
How can periodontitis be prevented?
The best ways to prevent or manage gum disease is to visit our dentist in Parkdale, Vic for regular check-ups and cleans and to establish a good oral health routine at home.
Am I likely to suffer from gum disease?
Probably. Most people suffer from gum disease at some point in their life but seeking early treatment is key. Usually a dental scale and clean accompanied by a few improvements in your brushing and flossing technique is sufficient to keep gum disease under control.