Tooth Decay / Gum Disease
Tooth decay is the result of bacteria accumulating around the teeth and gums, causing the the teeth to literally rot. The build-up of bacteria may be due to some of the following:
- poor diet
- poor oral hygiene
- poor saliva quality
- incorrect brushing/ flossing technique
- insufficient water intake
- high sugar intake
- alcohol intake
- medical conditions
- certain medications e.g. antidepressants, asthma medication, steroids
- recreational drug use
- mouth breathing
- snoring/ sleep apnoea
Gum Disease (Periodontal Disease)
Gum disease is one of the most prevalent diseases yet it is the most easily preventable. Gum disease results when there is too much bacteria affecting the gums to the point where the body can not defend itself.
As a result you notice signs and symptoms such as
- swollen and bleeding gums
- moving and/ or drifting teeth
- bad breath
- receding gums
- longer looking teeth
Late stage gum disease usually displays itself with moving and/ or drifting teeth and bad breath (halitosis). By this stage, severe irreversible damage has been caused to the bones which support the teeth.
Gum disease can be easily prevented by attending regular hygiene visits at least every six months. In conjunction with all hygiene and gum treatment visits, we utilise laser and ozone technologies when needed to facilitate predictable results and faster healing.
If you notice any of these symptoms, contact Healthy Smile Centre immediately before it is too late.