Do You Have Gum Disease?
A large percentage of Australians suffer from gum disease, but many don’t even know it. It is the number one cause of tooth loss—but with the right treatment, this can be prevented.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, happens when plaque builds up on your teeth. Plaque is a sticky film of food debris, saliva and bacteria that may get stuck on your teeth without proper brushing. Over time, plaque turns into tartar, which can then cause significant damage to the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. As a result, you may get red, sore, and swollen gums that bleed especially when you brush your teeth.
More than cavities, gum disease causes tooth loss. In fact, studies suggest a link between gum disease and many other diseases such as diabetes, stroke, heart problems, bacterial pneumonia, and for women, increased risk in pregnancy.
Typically, regular brushing and flossing, visiting your Caloundra dentist for twice-a-year cleaning, and healthy diet can reduce the risk of gum disease and even reverse it. If not, your local dentists at Battery Hill Dental can help you out.
Gum Disease Management — How it’s Done
When it comes to gum disease, regular check-ups, exams, and cleanings are necessary to keep the teeth and gums clean as well as prevent the loss of your teeth and jawbone structure. There is currently no such thing as a cure, only prevention and maintenance.
Your dentists at Battery Hill Dental will first exam your teeth, gums, and bone to identify the severity of your gum disease and create a treatment plan based on your condition. Then, we will conduct deep cleaning, also called scaling and planing, on your teeth and gums to remove plaque and tarter build-up. Then, we will schedule another visit to evaluate your teeth and gum health and find out our next steps.
Book in to check your gums
Prevent gingivitis and periodontitis
More than brushing and flossing, regular visits to your local dentist for cleaning and examination can greatly help in keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Maintaining good oral health to prevent plaque and tartar build-up can go a long way in gum disease management, and your Battery Hill Dental dentists are here for you.
Check out our prices for deep cleans to prevent gum disease at Battery Hill Dental, your local Sunshine Coast dentist.
Regular visits to your trusted local dentists at Caloundra can greatly help in stopping gum disease in its tracks
Avoid tooth loss
Early detection and management of gum disease greatly reduces your risk for losing teeth
Restore oral health
Bad breath, bleeding gums, and other problems can be reversed when the problems are detected at an earlier stage
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the signs of gum disease?
•Bleeding gums upon brushing or flossing
•New spacing between teeth due to bone loss
•Pus surrounding teeth and gums
•Receding gums due to loss
•Red, swollen gums
•Tenderness and discomfort on gums
What if scaling and planing can’t remove your plaque and tartar?
If the pockets in your gums are too deep to be cleaned by scaling and planing, then surgery may be necessary. A gum specialist, a periodontist, will perform the gum surgery by first providing you with local anaesthesia before cutting your gum tissue to expose the pocket as well as the plaque and tartar. Your gums will be cleaned more thoroughly before they are closed back up with sutures.
What causes gum disease?
•Hormonal changes during pregnancy or puberty
•Medication causing abnormal tissue growth in gums
•Family history of gum disease
•Poor oral hygiene
How do you prevent gum disease?
Gum disease can be prevented by good oral hygiene and professional cleans. Properly brushing your teeth at least twice daily as well as flossing, can help prevent gum disease.
Gum Disease Management for Everyone
Anyone can get gum disease. At Battery Hill Dental, our dentists can help you keep your teeth and gums healthy as well as prevent bad breath, gingivitis, and other diseases that can take away your beautiful, natural smile. So go ahead and talk to our dentists today.book an appointment today