If you notice blood in the sink after brushing and flossing, you might think this is normal. But the truth is that it could be a sign you have gum disease. This serious condition affects many Australians, but most are not getting treatment for it because they are unaware they even have it.
Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is an insidious condition because it often presents with no symptoms. By the time people notice there is a problem, the disease may be too advanced to do much more than simply manage the condition. If no treatment is obtained, it might eventually lead to tooth loss.
Are your gums healthy? Unless you visit your dentist twice each year for check-ups and cleans, you can’t be certain about the state of your gums. We invite you to contact our Chester Hill, NSW dental surgery to make an appointment for an examination.
Signs You Might Have Gum Disease
As mentioned, bleeding gums after brushing and flossing is one of the early signs of periodontal disease. As the disease progresses, symptoms can start showing up in the following forms:
- Swollen, red gums
- Pockets of pus forming around the gumline
- Teeth that look elongated because of gum recession
- Bad breath that doesn’t go away no matter how frequently you brush
- Loose teeth that seem to be shifting
- Tooth loss and tooth extraction
How Does Gum Disease Start?
Gum disease starts with a build-up of a sticky film of bacteria on the teeth. It eventually hardens into calculus, or tartar. Tartar can only be removed at your dentist with professional dental tools. When it isn’t removed, it can cause an infection in the gums.
Treatment for Periodontal Disease
In its early stages, gum disease is called ‘gingivitis,’ and it can often be successfully treated by removing the build-up of tartar and thorough cleaning of the teeth. Your dentist might recommend more frequent teeth cleans to keep the gingivitis from reoccurring.
More advanced gum disease, called ‘periodontitis,’ might involve a procedure called scaling and root planing to clean below the gumline.
It’s best to prevent periodontal disease from developing in the first place with good oral home care and biannual visits to the dentist for professional cleans. Poor oral hygiene and lifestyle habits such as smoking put people at a higher risk of developing the disease.
It should be noted that once the disease takes hold, it often cannot be reversed but only managed through regular deep cleanings.
Contact Our LN Dental Chester Hill, NSW Dental Clinic for More Information
If you are uncertain about the health of your gums or if you suspect you have gum disease, contact our LN Dental to learn more about periodontal disease treatment. We invite you to contact our dental clinic to book an appointment. For more information about any of our procedures, please contact us at (02) 9644 1499 or book an appointment today.