Periodontal disease is one of the most common conditions we treat. Though good oral hygiene habits can help to prevent periodontal disease, it can still happen. The earlier we catch it, the easier the treatment Periodontal Disease is an ongoing bacterial infection of the gums often caused by poor oral hygiene, dental plaque, smoking, genetic factors, stress, diet, age and illness. If left untreated, the inflammation can destroy the bone around the teeth, leading to tooth mobility resulting in tooth loss.
The stepping stone for the healthy mouth is preventive dental care .Brushing your tooth twice a day and flossing every night is an easy way to prevent your mouth from cavities, gum diseases and visiting your dentist regularly for preventative care and maintenance. Knowing your risk, age, smoking, diet and genetics can all increase your risk for periodontal disease.
If you are at increased risk, be sure to talk with your dentist.
What are the common symptoms of Gum Disease?
- Red or swollen gums
- Bleeding when brushing
- Bad Breath
- Aching, itchy, sore or tender gums
- Receding gums (teeth beginning to look longer)
- In severe cases, pus between your teeth and gums when you press down on the gums
Be aware of any unusual tooth movement like separation or protrusion of teeth, changes of soft tissue appearance and fitting of partial dentures which could also be symptoms of gum disease.
Treatment of Gum Disease
Treatment and management of your gum disease will depend how advanced it is and how much damage it has caused. It’s important to treat gum disease, even in the early stages.
Untreated gum disease will not only progress in your mouth but can also have an effect on your general health.
Mild gum disease can often be treated with an improved commitment to good oral hygiene habits and use of antimicrobial mouthwash. Moderate to advanced gum disease may require a deep cleaning treatment known as scaling and root debridement.
For more advanced care, you may be referred to a Periodontist if the condition needs intensive treatment and management.
If you are concerned that you might have periodontal disease, call our office today at 9436 3347 so we can start the treatment.