Gum Disease?

Gum disease(or its proper term periodontitis/periodontal disease) is a series of disease that affects the tissues that surround and support the teeth. Periodontitis involves a progressive and gradual loss of the alveolar bone (the bone which surrounds the teeth) and if left untreated, can lead to the loosening and subsequent loss of teeth.

The most common cause of periodontitis is due to over-accumulation of dental plaque, causing the body to retreat the tissues around the tooth. Think of it as your home team (i.e. your immune system) losing a battle against the bacteria and starting to retreat.

If you’re experiencing symptoms of gum disease, it’s important to seek treatment from a qualified dental professional in Sydney as soon as possible

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    What’s the difference between gum disease and gum inflammation?

    The key difference is how it affects your gum and bone’s outcome, otherwise, both of them present almost similar signs and symptoms:

    Similar signs and symptoms

    Differences

    Periodontitis
    /periodontal disease (gum disease)

    Swollen gums

    Bright red or purple gums

    Gums that are tender or painful to the touch

    Bleeding gums or bleeding after brushing and/or flossing

    Bad breath (halitosis)

    Gradual loss of bone or its surrounding tissues

    Gingivitis (gum inflammation)

    Swollen gums

    Bright red or purple gums

    Gums that are tender or painful to the touch

    Bleeding gums or bleeding after brushing and/or flossing

    Bad breath (halitosis)

    No loss of bone or its surrounding tissues

    How do I know I have gum disease or gum inflammation?

    The only way that we can differentiate these is by having a regular dental check-up (and professional teeth cleaning and maintenance) by your dentist as most gum diseases are symptom-less and can only be diagnosed by seeing the signs of it by your dentist.

    How can it be treated?

    There are three key steps in order to fully treat gum disease:

    1. Professional cleaning (commonly referred to as “deep cleaning” or “root planing”
    2. Home maintenance
    3. Continuous preventive cleaning

    The professional cleaning generally involves two appointments, where local anesthetic is used to numb the gums and the gums are cleaned thoroughly. We will then give you another check-up (in around 2 weeks’ time) to see if your gums are improving.

    Once everything is stable, we will arrange for you to have your teeth cleaned (without local anesthetic) at regular intervals to prevent the gum disease from rising again.

    Take control of your oral health and schedule an appointment with our experienced dental professionals in Sydney today for effective gum disease treatment.

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    How can I prevent it?

    The key words are: good oral hygiene

    • Brushing properly on a regular basis (at least twice daily) using proper brushing techniques such as the modified bass technique. Making sure that all of the surfaces of the tooth are cleaned as best as possible.
    • Flossing daily and using interdental brushes (if the space between teeth is large enough), as well as cleaning behind the last tooth, the third molar (wisdom teeth), in each quarter. If having trouble brushing the wisdom teeth you may want to consider removing them.
    • Using an antiseptic mouthwash: Chlorhexidine gluconate-based mouthwash in combination with careful oral hygiene may cure gingivitis, although it cannot reverse any attachment loss due to periodontitis.
    • Using periodontal trays to maintain dentist-prescribed medications at the source of the disease: The use of trays allows the medication to stay in place long enough to penetrate the dental plaque.
    • Regular dental check-ups and professional teeth cleaning by your dentist as most gum diseases are symptom-less and can only be diagnosed by seeing the signs of it by your dentist.

    Ready to have something done? Don’t wait until it’s too late – book an appointment with our skilled dental team in Sydney today for gum disease treatment and get back to enjoying a healthy, confident smile.

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