Did you know that gum disease is preventable but is a major cause of tooth loss in adults? Gingivitis and Periodontitis are the two types of gum disease. Symptoms can include bleeding gums, tender or swollen gums or redness. Gingivitis can be treated easily with good oral hygiene practices and specialised cleaning treatments.
If gingivitis is left untreated, it can develop into Periodontal disease which causes irreversible damage to the patient’s gums and bone tissue. Periodontal disease causes pouches to develop between the gums and teeth that can become painfully infected with abscesses. As the bone weakens, the tooth will become loose in the socket and eventually fall out or require extraction.
Advanced gum disease can be successfully treated and preventative measures can be used to ensure the condition does not become worse. Treatment options include the removal of harmful bacteria through intensive cleaning of the root surfaces, scaling, and polishing.
Having good technique when brushing to ensure your oral hygiene is optimal as well as regular check ups and maintenance with a hygienist helps to prevent possible gum disease. We encourage patients to maintain a good oral hygiene routine including brushing, flossing and eating a healthy diet. Prevention makes for strong, healthy smiles.