Gum Disease Sydney NSW
Healthy teeth and gums are just as important when you get older as they are when you’re young.
Adults can often be faced with different types of dental problems. The good news is with a good oral hygiene routine and by attending regular check-ups, you should be able to keep your teeth all your life.
Gum disease is the most common dental problem faced by people over 18 years of age.
The early signs of gum disease are:
- Gums that bleed during brushing or flossing
- Red, sore or inflamed gums
- Gums that take a long time to heal
Early stages of gum disease
Most often than not, the early stage of the disease is gingivitis. Gingivitis is caused by plaque which is the sticky, nearly colourless film of bacteria that constantly forms on the teeth and around the gum line. The bacterium in plaque produces chemicals which cause the gums to become inflamed or infected.
If gingivitis is not treated quickly, it may lead to gum disease. Also known as periodontitis, this more advanced stage basically involves the inflammation spreading. It causes the gums to pull away from the teeth, resulting in pockets of bacteria in the mouth. These pockets trap plaque under the gum line which causes the problem to worsen. Unless treated promptly, the bone supporting the tooth may start to degenerate, causing teeth to become loose, fall out, or eventually require removal.
How can I prevent gingivitis and periodontitis?
Daily thorough brushing and flossing to remove plaque is essential. Regular dental visits every six months are also vitally important.
To avoid plaque build-up it is important to thoroughly clean your teeth and gums at least twice a day. Remember, each tooth has five surfaces – a front, a back, two sides and a top. The only one sure way to prevent dental disease is to clean every surface. During your dental visits here in Macquarie Street, Sydney, our dentists will identify for you the areas where plaque is being missed and show you how to better clean and maintain these areas.
Brushing alone cannot clean all the surfaces of the teeth – this is why we emphasise the importance of flossing as well. If you find flossing uncomfortable or difficult, let us demonstrate to you an easy method which will ensure much better oral health for you well into the future.
To maintain a healthy smile, we recommend attending check-ups every six months. This way we can keep an eye on any problem areas and also keep your smile in good health with regular scaling, cleaning an polishing.
Gum disease Sydney
To book an appointment, contact our team on (02) 9221 1685 or make an enquiry online today.
Our friendly and knowledgeable team will be happy to answer any questions you may have in relation to gum disease and gingivitis. Dr Mark Dennes, located on Macquarie Street near Martin Place Station in the Sydney CBD, provides dental services for patients from all walks in life.