Treating Gum Disease
Your gums are just as important as your teeth when it comes to maintaining the best dental health.
Often patients don’t make the connection between healthy teeth and healthy gums and this can result in gum disease, which will ultimately result in the loss of a tooth or multiple teeth.
So, what is gum disease?
Gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) is a type of gum infection. A build up of plaque on your teeth produces toxins that will make your gums bleed.
It is really common and if left unchecked, it can weaken the bone around the tooth, which will ultimately lead to the tooth falling out.
Gum disease symptoms are not just bleeding gums.
If you suffer from bleeding gums this is known as gingivitis and is an early and thankfully treatable stage of periodontal disease.
Other symptoms of gum disease include:
- Red and swollen gums
- Pain or sensitivity around your teeth or in your gums
- Bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
- Gaps forming in between teeth
- Loose teeth
- Receding gums
Preventing and treating periodontal disease.
One of the best ways to prevent unhealthy gums is maintaining regular ‘maintenance’ visits to your dentist or hygienist. They will clean away the tartar, plaque and can check on any problem areas.
If you suspect you may have periodontitis then visit your dentist so that they can assess the situation, how far it has progressed and what can be done about it.
Unsure about your dental and gum health?
Contact us to arrange a time to come in and visit one of your friendly dentists or hygienists. We are happy to take a look, talk to you about your situation and the options open to you.
Call us on (08) 8346 3940 or get in touch via our contact form.