Healthy teeth and gums is important to overall health.
Periodontal disease (gum disease) involves the irritation of the tissue surrounding the teeth by bacteria causing bone loss and loosening of teeth. If left untreated, periodontal disease can progress to eventual loss of teeth.
The main cause of periodontal disease is plaque (soft food deposits and bacteria) left behind from inadequate brushing or flossing. To reduce the likelihood of developing periodontal disease, it is important to look after your teeth and gums by practising good oral hygiene and regularly visiting your dentist.
There is a link between periodontal disease, heart disease and low birth-weight babies. An increased risk and severity of periodontal disease has also been linked to smokers. Therefore, it is vital for your overall health to keep your gums healthy.
How do I know if I have periodontal disease?
It is common to not have pain when you have periodontal disease as it is often a chronic disease. For this reason we recommend an examination and cleaning every six-months with our experienced dentists who are trained to identify gum disease.
Signs and symptoms may include:
- Bleeding of gums whilst brushing or flossing
- Red or swollen gums
- Receding gums or teeth that may appear longer than usual
- Teeth sensitivity
- Bad breath
Our skilled dentists can identify and treat periodontal disease with a range of specialised periodontal therapies. The most common treatment we offer is scaling and root planning; which involves meticulously removing plaque and tartar from the root surfaces.
For more information on periodontal therapy, or to make an appointment, contact our team today.