Periodontal disease, more often known as gum disease, occurs when bacteria attacks and weakens the supportive structures of the teeth. Gum disease is one of the main causes behind tooth loss in adults.
While almost all adults will suffer from gum disease at some stage in their lives, gum disease often goes unnoticed in its most treatable form – with advanced stages creating irreversible damage.
What are the symptoms of gum disease?
The first stage of gum disease is gingivitis, where plaque around the teeth creates sore, inflamed and sometimes receding gums. The most common sign of gingivitis is bleeding during brushing.
The second stage of gum disease is periodontitis, where bacteria penetrate deeply into the gums to attack the supporting structures around the teeth. Patients with periodontitis will experience sore gums, loose teeth and even tooth loss.
How do I treat gum disease?
Gingivitis can be easily treated and managed through the combination of a good oral hygiene routine and regular dental check-ups.
Periodontitis needs to be addressed by a dentist to stop the progression of bone loss and repair what can be salvaged.
How do I prevent gum disease?
The best treatment for gum disease is prevention and early detection. Thorough flossing and brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush will not only prevent harmful plaque build-up, it will also provide you with the best understanding of your gum’s health.
Don’t let a preventable issue affect your smile; our Parramatta dental clinic is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment to keep your teeth and gums healthy all year round.