Gum disease is a common condition in adolescents and adults that is most often caused by poor dental hygiene. Even though this disease is mostly avoidable, we see patients suffering as a result of their oral hygiene routines or lack of awareness.
So how can you prevent the onslaught of gum disease? Education - many people have limited knowledge about oral health and fail to take care of their teeth and gums adequately, not knowing the extent of the consequences. Adherence to dental hygiene, i.e. brushing your teeth and flossing, as well as frequent trips to the dentist in Mascot are also great ways of maintaining a healthy mouth.
If your gums are tender and you feel something is wrong, it is not too late to have them treated at our dental practice, the Healthy Smile Centre.
Does gum disease heal on its own?
Gum disease is a progressive disease that starts with gingivitis. Early stages of gingivitis can be reversed by cleaning your teeth correctly and if necessary, undergoing professional teeth cleaning, called scaling and root planing, at our dentist in Mascot.
However, if left untreated, the infection spreads from your gum tissue to the bone underneath, resulting in a more serious periodontal disease. Periodontal diseases occur in stages, starting with deep pockets forming around your gums and teeth that become deeper the longer the condition is left to its devices, resulting in multiple tooth loss and a prematurely aged face.
Bottom line: if you suspect that your gums are in trouble, seek out dental treatment.
What causes gum disease?
Everyone knows that the furry feeling on the surface of their teeth means that it is time for a thorough cleaning, though not everyone attends to their dirty pearly whites as thoroughly or frequently as they should.
A build-up of plaque causes the furry sensation and can be detrimental for your oral health if it is not eliminated. There are harmful germs found in plaque that attack the enamel on your teeth and aggravate your gum line, causing decay and gum diseases.
Once germs penetrate your gum line, the pockets found between your teeth and gums deepen as bacteria start to accumulate there, and becomes harder to clean.
Other than poor dental hygiene, what else causes gum disease?
While neglecting your teeth is the most prominent cause of gum disease, there are also other contributing factors, such as smoking, drinking, stress (which lowers your immunity), and hormonal changes such as puberty and pregnancy. Having crooked, overlapping or rotating teeth can make cleaning and removing plaque more of a challenge.
What are early signs to watch out for?
If you have more than one of the following symptoms, the chances are that your gums are infected:
Swollen and sensitive gums that bleed easily, especially when you brush and floss between your teeth.
Receding gums - this occurs when your gums pull away from your teeth, which results in the formation of deep pockets.
Bad breath or halitosis. Halitosis occurs when the bacteria in your mouth let off a stream of noxious chemical gases that results in the odour, which is far stronger than morning breath.
It takes more than daily brushing and flossing to keep germs at bay - put your teeth first by seeing your dentist in Mascot today!
All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.