Periodontal disease is a leading cause of tooth loss amongst
If you suffer from red, swollen, inflamed or bleeding gums, it is possible you may have gingivitis. Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease and can be easily treated by our dental professionals however if left neglected, gingivitis can become severe periodontitis, which causes teeth to become loose and even fall out!
Your gums are the building blocks for your dental health, and without healthy gums, you cannot have a healthy mouth. Diseased gums can cause:
- Pockets to form around the teeth
- Gums to withdraw making teeth appear longer and more prone to decay
- A loss of structural support resulting in weakened teeth or even tooth loss
- Bacteria to assimilate to the bloodstream causing other concerns within the body
Periodontal treatment will protect you from life-threatening
Periodontal or gum disease results in your teeth falling out via inflammation to the tissues of your mouth. The surface areas of your gums are actually equal to the same surface area as the skin of your forearm. So imagine, an inflamed pussy lesion on your entire forearm, this would place an enormous stress on the body – and so does gum disease!
So much stress in-fact that uncontrolled gum disease activates inflammatory factors in your body that are linked to diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, pulmonary disorders, low-term birth weight and arthritis.
How Does Periodontal Treatment Work?
Periodontal treatment is the diagnosis, treatment and management of periodontal disease that has gone beyond the scope of a normal dental clean. The pocketing caused by periodontal disease makes it extremely difficult for you to reach with your toothbrush and floss. Periodontal treatment is the direct cleaning of these pockets and monitoring of the healing process by measuring the pockets in your gums.
How Often Will You Need Periodontal Treatment?
The management of gum disease is established on a case-by-case basis as every-ones mouths are different. However there is one fact about gum disease that is the same for everyone – maintenance is the most important factor. Therefore it is often true that once you are diagnosed with periodontal disease, your dental treatment is going to need to be regular in order to make sure it doesn’t progress.
Often patients are managed on a 3 or 6 month recall basis that will depend on the severity of the disease state and also the response to periodontal treatment, which may be influenced by other factors such as health and co-morbidity with other diseases or medications.
If you notice your gums bleed after brushing or flossing book an appointment at our Parramatta dental practice…
The very first sign that you will notice of gum disease is the presence of blood after brushing or eating. Another sign which is often an indication of further progressed disease is painful or swollen gums. If you notice swollen, painful or bleeding gums then it’s time to make an appointment. At Argyle Street Family Dental, our qualified dental professionals can effectively treat your gum disease to help save your smile.