Periodontal or Gum Care in Ashfield Sydney
Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that surround and support teeth. It is a major cause of tooth loss in adults.
Also referred to as periodontal disease, gum disease is caused by plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that is constantly forming on our teeth. Over time if plaque is not removed with regular brushing and flossing the gums get inflamed, this is called gingivitis. If gingivitis is not treated it often leads to loss of bone around teeth, this is called periodontitis. Because gum disease is usually painless, you may not know you have it.
Here are some warning signs that can signal a problem:
- Gums that bleed easily
- Red, swollen, tender gums
- Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
- Persistent bad breath or bad taste
- Permanent teeth that are loose or separating
- Changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
Some factors increase the risk of developing gum disease are:
- poor oral hygiene
- smoking or chewing tobacco
- crooked teeth that are hard to keep clean
- medications, including steroids, certain types of anti-epilepsy drugs, cancer therapy drugs, some calcium blockers and oral contraceptives
It is possible to have gum disease and have no warning signs. That is one reason why regular dental checkups and periodontal examinations are very important. Good dental care at home is essential to help keep gum disease from becoming more serious and recurring. Our experienced dentists will discuss the appropriate treatment methods with you which will depend on the type of disease and how far the condition has progressed.
Call Ashfield Dental Centre on 9798 4111 or send us an email to schedule an appointment.