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Gum Disease

Gum Disease Treatments at Gympie

Gingivitis and Periodontitis

Gingivitis and periodontitis both refer to spectrums within gum diseases. Gum diseases are often undetected to the individuals until signs such as gum bleeding, swellings or shrinkages appear. Other symptoms include bad tastes or bad breath, and even teeth drifting/moving.
Bacterial plaque, a biofilm of bacteria that grows on surfaces within the mouth, is the primary offender in gum disease progression. Plaque builds up after every meal, and can be mechanically removed by daily toothbrushing and flossing. However, when plaque is left on tooth surfaces for long enough, it starts to irritate the gums and cause gum inflammation. When plaque hardens into tartar (also known as calculus), it becomes very difficult to brush off. This further worsens gum disease. Other host of factors such as general illnesses, medications or smoking can also have negative effects on gum health. Inadequate brushing techniques or lack of flossing can further exacerbate gum inflammation.

Gum diseases do not heal on their own and only worsen over time. The main focus of gum disease treatment at River Dental is to remove plaque thoroughly so that your gums have a chance to heal instead of being inflamed all the time. We even have a dedicated hygienist who will conduct periodontal therapy to reduce oral bacteria. This regular dental clean together with adequate oral hygiene home care will ensure best possible oral hygiene.

Certain lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, reducing alcohol consumption, reducing your stress and maintaining a balanced diet can help your body repair damaged tissue and reduce the severity of your gum diseases.

If periodontitis is left untreated, it will worsen and lead to severe gum infections. Teeth will become loose over time and eventually fall out. People with gum disease also have 2-3 times the risk of having a heart attack, stroke, or other serious cardiovascular event. It is therefore crucial to have your gum diseases treated as early as possible to minimise long term damages to your teeth, gums and the rest of your body.

River Dental are committed to providing the best possible dental care for you and your entire family.