Periodontal / Gum Disease Treatment In Annandale
Gum disease, otherwise known as periodontal disease, happens when the tissues and bones that surround and support the teeth suffers from infection.
Essentially, gum disease can be classified into two types: gingivitis and periodontitis.
Gingivitis is generally the early stage of gum disease. While gingivitis often causes the soft tissues of the gums to turn red and swollen, it rarely causes dental or periodontal discomfort. As such, people who have gingivitis are often caught unaware of the condition, until it progresses to its more advanced stage.
When left untreated, it is inevitable for gingivitis to result to chronic gum disease, medically referred to as periodontitis. Advanced stage gum disease, periodontitis is among the leading causes of tooth loss.
Periodontitis results in the development of dental pockets that allow for bacteria buildup, which attacks the bone structure of the teeth. Periodontitis causes the gums to shrink back, which ultimately results in loose teeth.
While being different stages of gum disease, both gingivitis and periodontitis presents common symptoms, which include:
- Red, tender, and swollen gums
- Frequent bleeding of the gums, especially when brushing or flossing
- Halitosis, popularly referred to as bad breath
- Shrinking gums, and longer teeth,
- Development of dental pockets
What Causes Gum Disease?
Plaque buildup, which makes for the ideal environment for bacteria to thrive on, ranks at the very top of gum disease-causing agents. There are, however, other prominent factors that include:
- Hormonal changes. Specifically hormonal changes that occur during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause leave the gums vulnerable to gum disease.
- Medical conditions. Among the many medical conditions which negatively affect periodontal health include diabetes, cancer, and HIV. These medical conditions are especially known for compromising the immune system, most notably the natural ability of the body to fight infection and inflammation.
- Medication. Some over-the-counter and prescription medication can dramatically decrease the production and flow of saliva. Saliva is the very substance the protects both dental and periodontal surfaces from harmful mouth-dwelling bacteria.
- Poor Oral Hygiene. Good dental habits introduced by modern dental care such as brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste, frequently flossing, and rinsing with dentist recommended mouthwash are known to dramatically decrease the risk of developing unwanted dental and periodontal conditions. As such, failing to practice good dental habits prove to be detrimental to your overall dental and periodontal health.
Dentist In Annandale
While periodontal damage is generally irreversible, it remains possible to slow or stop it from getting worse. For high-quality dental and periodontal healthcare, visit your local dentist in Annandale at Teeth Plus Clinic.
Devoted to creating magnificent smiles and promoting optimal oral health, Teeth Plus Clinic offers a comprehensive range of world-class general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry to the local Annandale community, and its surrounding regions.
For health fund members, we charge NO GAP for check up, cleaning, x-rays and mouth guards.
If you’re not with a Private Health Fund, we offer you a FREE dental consultation!
Call us today at (02) 9519 4226 or book your appointment online to experience top-notch dentistry that cares for your entire family.
( We are located on Nelson Street, in the heart of Annandale and is open to all patients from Annandale, Camperdown, Glebe, Forestlodge, Leicchardt, Rozelle, Lilyfield, Enmore, Haberfield, Erskineville, Stanmore, Petersham and Marrickville)