Did you know that gum disease is one of the most common diseases in the world?
What exactly is “gum disease” anyway?
The correct term for mild gum disease is Gingivitis. Gingivitis occurs when there is a build-up of plaque and tartar along the gum line leading to inflammation of the gum. Often the only sign (if any) is occasional bleeding when brushing.
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More advanced or severe gum disease is called Periodontitis. Periodontitis occurs when gingivitis is left untreated. Bacteria levels increase and start attacking the foundations of the tooth (the jawbone underneath), as well as the gums. Unfortunately if left to progress, this eventually causes teeth to become loose and fall out.
How do I know if I have gum disease?
Gum disease is often COMPLETELY PAINLESS, and sometimes the only warning signs may be bleeding gums, bad breath, receding gums or in more severe cases, teeth becoming loose. More often than not, patients have no idea there is even a problem!
Should I be concerned?
If you suspect that you may have gum problems, the first step is to book in for a consultation with one of our dentists. A thorough assessment of your teeth and gums will allow us to determine if there is an issue of concern.
It is important to note that smoking, diabetes, certain illnesses and hormonal issues can cause gum disease to progress at a much more rapid rate.
Can it be treated?
If you are experiencing occasional bleeding when brushing, you may likely have mild gingivitis. Luckily, this is completely reversible and can be managed with a home care program of correct brushing and flossing, along with regular visits to our friendly dental hygienists.
More advanced cases once identified can also be treated, however the damage done in Periodontitis is usually irreversible. The focus becomes on preventing the progression of the disease and minimising any further damage.
Absolute smiles has a dedicated team of University trained dental hygienists who specialise in looking after general gum health and treating gum disease issues. Under the direction of our dentists, they spend the time to carefully and thoroughly scale and clean the teeth and gums and provide oral care advice as needed.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, we encourage you to discuss these matters with a dental professional.
Meet the team
When you visit Absolute Smiles, you’ll always receive a very warm welcome from our friendly team. We know that a trip to the dentist can make many people nervous, so we’ve made our practice as comfortable and relaxed as we can for your convenience. From our reception staff to our hygienists and dentists, we’re always on-hand to ensure our patients receive the very best service. READ MORE
At Absolute Smiles, we always put our patients first. Our team is dedicated to providing a personalised dentistry service to suit your specific needs.
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