Good periodontal health or gum health is critical for protecting your teeth and your general health. Poor periodontal health or gum disease is linked to serious health conditions, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis. Gum disease is a condition which requires prompt treatment.
Each day a sticky plaque biofilm coats your teeth and gums, and which contains bacteria. Most plaque is removed through regular brushing and flossing, but if it isn’t, the bacteria will quickly build up, and plaque soon hardens into tartar or calculus. Tartar can only be removed during a professional dental cleaning. The bacteria in tartar produce toxins that infect the gums, causing inflammation. Without prompt treatment, this inflammation will gradually worsen, eventually destroying gum tissue and other structures around your teeth that include periodontal ligaments and the bone around your teeth. Gum disease is the major cause of tooth loss worldwide, which is why we take it so seriously.
The earliest sign of gum disease is noticing your gums have begun to bleed when you brush or floss or that they look red, swollen or feel tender. The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis and is reversible. However, without treatment, gingivitis can progress into periodontitis, a condition that is far more serious and difficult to treat. Periodontitis causes gum recession, chronic bad breath and pain and discomfort. Eventually teeth may loosen as bone around them is destroyed.
The easiest way to prevent gum disease is to practice good daily oral hygiene. Make sure you brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once- a-day. Your regular dental examinations are critical as we can closely monitor your gum health and will quickly detect any signs of gum disease.
Gingivitis is usually treated by professionally cleaning your teeth. Removing the buildup of plaque and tartar allows your gums to fight the infection and to heal. Also, we can help you improve your oral hygiene routine at home, so you brush and floss more effectively. Initially, your gums may bleed slightly, but as you persevere, they will become stronger and healthier. If you have periodontitis, we can provide deep clean for your gums.
Get in touch with us today to book an appointment for the treatment of your gums and teeth.