Are your gums healthy?

dr_w_client3If your gums start to bleed when you brush your teeth or there is persistent pain in that region you may be experiencing the early stages of gum disease.

Gum disease should be treated early on before it can get worse. Gingivitis and periodontal disease are the two main types of gum disease.

At the gingivitis stage, redness and swelling are the two most prominent signs. If left untreated, periodontal disease can take over. The bone surrounding the teeth may be lost and the teeth can come loose and fall out.

When gum disease is in its early stages, brushing and flossing with fluoride based toothpaste can prevent it developing further, but there is a time when dental treatment will likely be necessary.

Start with gum disease treatment at home

Good oral hygiene at home helps to treat the onset of gum disease by using the following methods.

  • brush and floss your teeth twice a day for two to three minutes;
  • use a fluoride based toothpaste;
  • not smoking;
  • use of an antiseptic mouthwash that contains chlorhexidine or hexetidine;
  • regular dental check-ups and cleanings.

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Dental treatments are available to deal with gum disease

Early treatment of gum treatment involves the removal of damaging plaque and tartar, which can build up on your teeth, by one of our dental hygienists. This is often difficult to remove just by flossing and brushing, particularly if the harder tartar is present. What we do is called a professional clean.

Our dental hygienist scrapes off plaque and tartar using specially designed instruments. If there is a lot of accumulation, two visits may be required in order to eliminate this damaging material. If left to accumulate the outer layer of your teeth becomes damaged and dangerous, painful cavities become evident.

In certain types of gum disease, root planing may be necessary. This is when we conduct a deep clean beneath the gums that helps to eliminate any bacteria from the roots of your teeth. This is a routine procedure but may require a local anaesthetic to numb the area to be treated.

If you are suffering from serious gum disease further treatment may be required like removal of the infected tooth. Before having a tooth removed or root planing we may need to ask you to undertake a course of antibiotics to treat any infections.

Don’t let your gum disease get worse, treatment isn’t that bad

Schedule an appointment with us and we can help to keep your teeth healthy through our treatment program which we will design just for you.

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