In its early stages, gum disease, known as gingivitis is reversible. Bacteria in your mouth accumulate after eating and form a clear sticky film that coats your teeth called plaque. The bacteria in the plaque irritate your gums and cause inflammation resulting in swollen and tender gums that bleed when brushing and flossing. The bacteria also produce by-products that can be detected as bad breath. Halitosis (bad breath) is one of the first signs of gum disease.
If plaque is not removed by brushing and flossing it hardens to form tartar (calculus). Once it has hardened – it can only be removed by a dental professional.
If left untreated, gingivitus can lead to periodontitis which is the advanced stage of gum disease and affects the ligaments and bone structure holding teeth in place.
It is attributed to more tooth loss in Australian adults than dental decay. An estimated 80% of adults will be affected by some form of gum disease at some point in their life.
Treatment of periodontitis can halt the progress of the disease thereby preventing further deterioration.
- thorough assessment of teeth and gums where each tooth is measured and checked
- x-rays may be taken to reveal what is happening below the gum line
- removal of plaque, bacteria and other irritants from the teeth and gum line
The success of any periodontal treatment relies on the patient’s ability to consistently and thoroughly remove the daily build up of soft plaque from the teeth. We can show you how you can effectively maintain a healthy mouth.
Regular dental check ups and professional cleans are important to ensure the prevention of gum disease and maintaining a healthy smile.
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