Periodontal disease is a common oral problem that affects many people at various times in their lives. The most common symptom experienced by patients who have this disease is swelling and/or bleeding of gums. The major contributor to oral infections is poor oral hygiene. The plaque when builds up on your teeth, it forms tartar that attract bacteria resulting in gum diseases.
Why patients avoid seeing a periodontist, and why they shouldn’t
In many cases with this disease, the person experiencing it does not feel pain – it is a relatively painless disease. Our dentists strongly recommend you seek treatment immediately if you are affected by this disease. If left untreated, periodontal disease can develop into a condition that is more severe and harder to treat, known as periodontitis. Inaction can also lead to the loss of teeth altogether Periodontitis increases the risk of developing other serious health conditions like cancer & diabetes.
The types of Periodontal disease
Our trained dentists can provide treatment for the following types of illnesses:
- Aggressive periodontitis
- Chronic periodontitis
- Periodontitis as a manifestation of systemic diseases
- Necrotizing periodontal diseases
Depending on the severity of the disease, a specialist referral may be required
What causes this disease?
Periodontal disease is caused by poor oral health and can lead to bone degeneration and loose teeth.
You can prevent gum disease by taking simple steps such as brushing your teeth after meals, flossing on a daily basis and rinsing with mouthwash once a day. This will help to remove bacteria and sugar from your teeth and gums before they can turn into plaque. Eating a healthy diet that is low in sugar can also help to keep your gums healthy. With regular visits to your dentist, periodontal damage can be avoided or stopped completely. Professional scaling and polishing is recommended every six months to remove the calculus that causes gingivitis. Our friendly and experienced dentists will also show you the correct toothbrush for you and the best teeth cleaning techniques to use at home to prevent plaque building up between visits, which will help to keep this oral disease at bay.
Contact us today
Lethbridge Dental Clinic is the first-stop dental clinic in Penrith for prevention and treatment of a range of periodontal conditions. Offering emergency dental work, endodontics and dental implants, we can assist you regardless of the nature of your complaint.