What is gum disease?
Gum Disease, officially called periodontal disease, affects the gums and supporting tissues (bone and ligament) of the teeth. Unfortunately, since gum disease is generally painless and progressive, many of our Perth patients who avoid the dentist are not aware of their problem until the teeth become loose and acutely infected, or need removal.
Causes of gum disease
Risks of gum disease
If insufficiently treated, Gingivitis and Periodontitis can lead to the supporting bone of the teeth being “eaten away” by the body’s inflammation response. This leads to gradual loosening and potential loss of teeth.
Untreated gum disease may also have detrimental effects on your general health, as periodontitis has been linked with a higher incidence of cardiovascular disease and stroke.
For female patients considering pregnancy, it has been linked with low birth weight or premature births. Cardiac and vascular surgeons often require gum health to be established by dentists as part of their patient treatment plans.
How can NewSmile help with gum disease?
Preventing and treating gum conditions means your dentist or dental hygienist will take the time and pay attention to detail, when providing thorough scaling and cleaning, both above and below the gums. This is why treating gum disease is generally not about a quick “in-and-out” appointment.
At NewSmile Dental Perth we have qualified dental hygienists who look after your gum health and cleaning, providing optimal time, care and oral hygiene advice under the direction of our family dentists. Patients who have more advanced gum disease receive detailed gum examination and analysis, and may need stages of periodontal treatment care aiming to establish and maintain long term dental and gum health.
Following this, attending for your regular hygiene maintenance every (usually 6 monthly but sometimes more regular) is very important in maintaining periodontal health, along with excellent home care.
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