Gum Disease Treatments
Sydney / Kellyville / Castle Hill
Gum disease affects most people at some time during their life. It is usually caused by a build-up of plaque on teeth. There are two main stages of gum disease: Gingivitis and Periodontitis.
During your cleaning at our Cosmetic Dental Point office, our highly trained and skilled hygienists look for signs of gum disease and measure the depth of the periodontal pockets.
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Gingivitis vs Periodontitis
Gingivitis is early gum disease and occurs when dental plaque builds up on teeth, particularly where the gum joins the tooth.
Signs: bleeding (particularly when brushing), redness, swelling of the gum
Periodontitis is an advanced gum disease that may occur if gingivitis is not treated. The gum margin, the part of the gum that seals to the tooth, is weakened and spaces form between the tooth and the gum. These spaces are called ‘periodontal pockets.’ Bacteria become trapped in these pockets causing further inflammation (redness and swelling). Periodontitis can affect the covering of the tooth root (cementum), the bone and the fibres that connect the cementum to the bone (periodontal ligament). As the disease progresses and bone is lost, larger spaces begin to form between the tooth and the gum.
Signs: bleeding, swelling, receding gums with bad breath, a bad taste in the mouth, loose teeth
Cleaning teeth can help prevent gum disease
While it is tempting to avoid cleaning your gums when they are inflamed and bleeding, brushing will help improve the situation. The only way to cure gum disease is to seek professional treatment. However, to help lessen your symptoms and reduce chances of it advancing, there are things you can do at home. If you're not already doing it, make certain you brush and floss at least twice a day. This will help reduce the amount of plaque buildup on your teeth.