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Gum Disease Treatment in Caddens, Penrith
What is gum disease?
It attacks the supporting and surrounding soft tissues of the tooth, and in advanced stages, can result in loss of teeth and even affect the jawbone.
What are the symptoms of gum disease?
- Bleeding — often the most common symptom; can occur without pain, and is produced when brushing, flossing or eating food
- Swelling — including redness and also pain of the gums
- Gum recession — the appearance of longer looking teeth
- Bad breath — caused by food particles get trapped under the gum line (known as halitosis)
- Pus — a sign of severe periodontitis is when pus can be seen oozing out from the pockets or spaces around the teeth
What are the causes of gum disease?
- Poor dental hygiene
- Tobacco use
- Pregnancy and menopause
- Chronic stress and poor diet
- Grinding of teeth
- Certain medications
What types of gum disease are there?
Necrotising periodontal disease
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Your gum disease treatment
Periodonditis also needs a professional clean, which includes deep scaling and root planning to clean between the gums and teeth down the roots. In severe cases, surgery may be required to remove all bacteria. Occasionally, soft tissue grafts are required. After treatment, an improved oral hygiene regimen is essential.
How do I prevent gum disease?
- Controlling build-up of plaque and tartar through daily brushing and flossing
- Using the correct teeth cleaning methods and techniques
- Using the correct aids such as toothbrushes, dental floss and mouth rinses
- Have regular 6-monthly check ups and if necessary, periodontal maintenance at least twice a year from your dentist