Gum Disease

Gum Disease Brisbane Southside

Your gums are the support for your teeth and therefore the health of your gums is just as important in maintaining overall oral health as looking after your teeth.

If your gums are neglected then gum disease can cause loosening and movement in your teeth. If left to progress this will eventually lead to tooth loss. In fact, gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults and the scary thing is that the early stages are often silent.

What causes gum disease?

The main cause of gum disease is dental plaque, which is a bacterial build up that accumulates on your teeth.

When plaque builds up bacteria begins to infect the gums causing bleeding and inflammation. At the same time, the bone and ligament around the tooth begins to break down.

What are the contributing factors to gum disease?

Important contributing factors that can lead to more severe gum disease symptoms are:

  • Poor oral hygiene or home routines
  • Smoking,
  • Stress
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Diabetes
  • Pregnancy

How will I know if I have gum disease?

If you notice any of the following symptoms it is recommended you visit us immediately to have your condition assessed:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Redness, swelling and inflammation of gums
  • Gums are sore to touch
  • Unpleasant taste in your mouth
  • Excess plaque or tartar that you cannot remove with your brush.

How can I prevent gum disease?

The best method of prevention is to have a good Oral Hygiene regime which consists of

  • Brushing your teeth for 2 minutes twice daily, flossing 1 daily between each tooth.
  • Have an active maintenance plan with us for a regular examination and professional clean, removing any build-up of plaque that may have occurred. (to make this affordable it helps to find a no gap dentist)
  • Keep your dentist up to date with any medical / health changes that may have occurred since your last visit (it doesn’t have to happen in your mouth to affect your oral health).

How do we treat gum disease?

Firstly, we will need to assess how extensive the gum disease is. There may be some initial steps that we need to take to —–. Following that we will develop a treatment plan with you that will involve cleaning and tartar removal. —-

Are you worried about your gum health?

Sometimes people don’t worry about their gums as much as they worry about their teeth but that shouldn’t be the case. Your gums deserve just as much love and care as the rest of your mouth.

If you are concerned about your gums then we recommend coming in for a consultation with one of our friendly dentists. You can call us to find a convenient appointment time or book your appointment online. Alternatively, if you have questions you can call us on 3343 2100, chat with us online or ask for a quote.


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