Almost all Australians have some form of tooth decay and with only 1 in 2 adults brushing their teeth twice a day, it’s no wonder gum disease is so common. Periodontal disease or gum disease as it’s commonly known, is caused by a build-up of plaque on teeth and under the gumline. In its early stages, plaque can be easily removed by brushing and flossing your teeth. When left untreated, it can begin to affect the tissues and bone supporting the tooth, resulting in tooth loss.
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Gum disease in its early stages is commonly referred to as gingivitis. During this stage a plaque build-up surrounds your tooth and gumline and begins to attack supporting tissues. Gums become red and swollen and can bleed when you floss, however you may not experience any pain during this stage.
Periodontitis is an advanced form of gum disease than results when gingivitis is left untreated. The gum around the tooth weakens and pulls away, leaving pockets for bacteria to breed. Teeth begin to loosen and may fall out entirely if not treated in time.
The key to effectively treating gum disease is to see a dentist early. At EVP Dental, we provide you with professional cleaning as well as best practice advice for brushing and flossing your teeth at home, so you can keep gum disease at bay.
If your gum disease has advanced into periodontitis, you will need a professional clean that involves a deep scaling and root planning. In some cases, minor surgery or gum grafting may be required to remove all the bacteria and stop the disease from spreading.
If you think you may have advanced gum disease, book an appointment with one of our dentists today.
Gum disease is very common and can easily be prevented by following a good oral hygiene routine. This includes:
Bacteria or plaque build-up is the common cause for gum disease. Plaque is a sticky, colourless, painless film that builds up on and around teeth and along the gums.
Contributing factors for developing gum disease are smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, conditions such as diabetes, stress, pregnancy and some medications.
Healthy gums don’t bleed, so if you brush or floss your teeth and see blood, it’s a sign that your gums need attention. If you’ve ruled out a medical condition or damage to the area from excessive brushing or a hard toothbrush head, its probably inflammation caused by gum disease.
Smokers are six times more likely to develop gum disease than non-smokers, as smoking interferes with saliva production and the normal function of gum tissue cells and blood flow. This means that smokers are more susceptible to infection and can take longer to heal. Smokers are 5 times more likely to develop oral cancer than non-smokers and will suffer from some form of gum disease.
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