Gum Disease Treatment (Periodontal Disease)
Personalised Gum Disease Treatment in Dulwich Hill
Gum disease is a condition that affects 47% of adults in the world. It is one of the most common conditions we treat at Ultra Smiles Dental Dulwich Hill.
Even so, we find that most of the time, gum disease remains undiagnosed for a long time. During the early stages of gum disease, while there may be occasional bleeding and bad breath, there is otherwise no pain or any other alarming symptoms. This is why most people who do not visit the dentist regularly do not know that they are living with gum disease!
Anecdotally, in Dr Kevin’s experience, 8/10 patients who haven’t been to dentist for > 3 years have some form of gum disease. The best way to prevent gum disease is by having regular check-up and cleans every 6 months and maintaining excellent oral hygiene at home. Yes, this includes flossing nightly!
FAQ's about Gum Disease Treatment
Gum disease starts when teeth are not cleaned properly and bacteria builds up and migrates down underneath the gums. The bacteria can interact with the body’s immune system to cause irreversible damage to your gums and bones. This causes an inflammatory response, which is when you may notice signs of bleeding gums.
Most of our patients tell us that they are scared to floss and brush when they notice any bleeding. However, it is quite the opposite, it is very important to continue flossing and brushing twice a day, even when you notice bleeding, to reduce the amount of bacteria and control the inflammation. It is important to seek help from a dental professional to ensure that you have your gum disease managed properly.
Gum disease progresses in stages. The initial stage of inflamed bleeding gums is known as Gingivitis. Gingivitis can be treated with good home oral hygiene and regular and thorough cleans at the dentist.
If gingivitis is left untreated, the gum disease can progress to severe periodontal disease. At this stage, bone is lost and once it is left for long periods of time, tooth loss occurs. Any bone loss is irreversible, once we have periodontal disease, we can only try to treat it by slowing down its progression.
Due to the adverse outcomes and irreversible nature of gum disease, it is so important to make sure you attend your regular dentist appointments for a check-up and clean every 6 months. At every appointment, our team will assess your gums to prevent the progression of gum disease.
Common signs of gum disease:
- Bleeding gums
- Bad breath
- Swollen gums
- Change in colour of gums to dark red or purple
- Throbbing pain