Patients may be surprised to learn that periodontal disease is a significant issue in Australia. In fact, almost three in every ten Australian adults suffer from moderate to severe gum disease.
People who have gum disease may not even know they have it, or even realise that it is essential to seek treatment for your bone and gum health.
Periodontal disease is a leading cause of tooth loss, and for many people, they only know they have it when they begin experiencing tooth pain or bleeding gums. Apart from the risk of tooth loss, studies show a connection between gum disease and other health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, bacterial pneumonia, and risk during pregnancy. Without professional dental treatment, gum disease can cause tender and swollen gums, consistent bad breath, tooth decay, or infections.
At Be Well Dental, we try to impress upon our patients the importance of oral health and keeping your gums strong and healthy by providing a wide range of gum disease treatments.
What Causes Gum Disease?
Periodontal, or gum disease, is an infection that attacks your healthy teeth, soft tissue and gums. Most commonly, poor oral hygiene permits plaque to accumulate on your enamel. Once this hardens into tartar, only a dental professional can completely eliminate it, and over time it can spread beneath the gum line and attack your oral structure.
Like many oral health issues, periodontal disease can be asymptomatic—meaning that there are very few symptoms—it can develop into painful, swollen gums and eventually tooth loss.
Dr Will and Dr Bao can look for signs of gum disease, which include:
- Constant bad breath
- Swollen and red gums
- Bleeding gums especially after brushing and flossing
- Tooth pain
- Loose teeth
- Pockets around teeth
- Receding gums
How We Identify Gum Disease
The most dependable way we can catch gum disease is by maintaining your routine dental check-up at Be Well Dental. During your clean and exam, your general dentist will monitor and inspect your gums to track any changes or dental issues.
Like almost all things in life, gum disease is manageable and cost-effective when caught early on, the earliest stages being reversible with proper oral hygiene. The longer it goes untreated, the costlier and more complex it grows. This is why it's critical for patients not to skip their regular dental cleans, no matter how great their smiles feel and look. Just because your smile isn't in any pain or discomfort does not mean there aren't underlying issues brewing.
We Maintain Your Teeth and Gum Health
The best method of ensuring strong and healthy teeth and gums starts with preventive dentistry, including dental cleans and exams. Has it been a while since you've last visited a dentist?
We welcome you to call Be Well Dental today to arrange an appointment.