Why do you need regular preventive care and six monthly check-up dental appointments?
Do you have red, swollen, tender, painful or bleeding gums? Gums that have receded? Persistent bad breath? A bad taste in your mouth? Loose teeth or teeth drifting apart causing gaps to appear?
If you answered yes to any of the above, you may have periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is caused by an infection of the gums through a build up of plaque. Plaque is the thick and sticky film of bacteria that is left on the teeth after eating or drinking. This film can be removed by flossing and brushing, which is why it is very important to brush teeth thoroughly after eating. When left for a long period of time, plaque can form into hard deposits of calculus or tartar around your teeth.
In the early stage of gum disease, the bacteria in plaque and calculus (or tartar) can damage the gums and cause inflammation, known as gingivitis. Gingivitis can be treated by our dentists and involves removing the plaque and tartar with a professional cleaning at our Duncraig clinic.
It is highly recommended that you visit our dental professionals for a regular cleaning at least every six months to prevent gingivitis getting worse and causing damage to the bone and ligaments supporting the teeth. For some people who have difficulty keeping their teeth clean, your regular dental check-ups are necessary along with thorough brushing 2-3 times a day and flossing at least once a day.
Gingivitis is the predecessor of periodontitis, which left untreated can turn into this more severe gum disease. Periodontal disease can cause serious and irreversible damage to teeth, gums and the bone which supports the teeth. If periodontitis is left untreated, gum pockets can form down the side of the teeth resulting in a loss of bone support. These teeth can become loose or abscessed, and may require extraction. Cleaning every three months is needed to halt periodontitis.
The purpose of periodontal treatment is to slow down or stop the periodontitis from progressing. The benefits of having periodontal treatment is having optimal oral health and sound dental hygiene, as well as pleasant breath. Most importantly, periodontal treatment allows a better chance of keeping your teeth for life.
Say goodbye to gum disease…
By maintaining a proper oral health routine and frequently visiting Duncraig Dental Care in Perth you can help reduce you chances of developing severe gum disease conditions like periodontitis. Preventive dental options are the best way to do this. If your gum disease has progressed into developed periodontitis, we can treat your dental concerns accordingly to help remove bacteria and restore your oral health.