Prevention is the best form of cure for gum diseases. Do not give gum disease any chance to develop.
Deep cleaning services allow us to remove disease-causing bacteria from the deep gum pockets around the teeth. If left untreated, these periodontal infections can cause teeth to become loose and move, and can eventually lead to tooth loss.
Gum disease is caused by plaque build-up between the teeth and under the gum line. Plaque is made up of bacteria and its toxic waste. As long as you have teeth, you need to control this bacterial accumulation.
Gum disease is the most prevalent oral health infection and affects everyone at some point in their lives. In addition to damaging the jawbone and causing the loss of teeth, it has been proven that gum disease is more than “just a dental problem”. If left unchecked, gum disease can become a very serious problem. Affecting millions of people each year, the disease usually appears innocuously as a minor bleeding gum or bad breath. In fact, many people are not aware of this dangerous ailment until they undergo a professional oral exam performed by a dentist. If gum disease is allowed to develop into a full blown periodontal disease, it can lead to severe tooth and other detrimental health problems.
Recent studies have indicated a correlation between gum disease and other severe health problems, including; cardio vascular disease (heart disease), stroke and diabetes. The bacterial toxins associated with gum disease are absorbed into the blood stream, sometimes through microscopic cuts inflicted while brushing and eating, and can cause an adverse effect on other parts of the body.
Gum diseases are difficult to spot without professional help. They appear in the form of a colourless and sticky substance known as plaque – a combination of bacteria, mucus and other elements which breed within the crevices of our teeth. Although regular brushing and flossing can help to reduce the growth of plaque, only regular and professional cleans at the dentist’s office can eradicate the hardened form of plaque known as tartar.
At Integrated Dental Health, our practitioners are well versed in the proper diagnostics and treatment of gum diseases. More importantly, we believe that the best method to curb this chronic infection is to prevent it from even occurring. We will design a preventative programme that can help you to: Maintain your home care regime, keep up a nutritious diet, as well as professionally check and clean your teeth.
Book your regular check-and-clean session with one of our friendly dentists today – call Integrated Dental Health today on (02) 4708 7007.
About 80% of the world’s population has some form of gum disease. To understand its effects and extent of devastation, you would first need to be familiar with the two main types of gum diseases, namely gingivitis and periodontitis.
Gingivitis is the non-destructive and milder form of the disease. It occurs when plaque-forming bacteria cause the gums to get inflamed with a reddish tinge. Gingivitis can be treated with proper brushing and flossing, coupled with regular professional cleans by a dentist. Factors contributing to gingivitis include tobacco, diabetes, stress, hormonal changes, pregnancy, genetic components, use of certain medications, etc.
If left untreated, gingivitis can develop into periodontitis, which occurs when the infection spreads below the gum line and destroys the underlying bone and connective tissues that support the tooth. Periodontitis can cause the teeth to become loose and eventually lead to removal.
If you have been identified with gum disease – regardless of the stage of development – the dentist would immediately perform scaling and deep cleaning as a means to remove the bacteria found below the gums. The dentist will clean the affected tooth either through a process known as root planing or laser treatment. Root planing seeks to remove or eliminate the inflammation-causing plaque.
Incorporating regular oral health checks as part of your continuous health care and adopting a simple yet regular oral hygiene routine of brushing twice a day and flossing once a day will significantly reduce the development of gum disease and help keep your natural teeth for life. We recommend a check and clean at least twice a year. Not only does it give us a chance to keep your teeth and gums healthy, but it allows us to pick up on other health issues as quickly as possible. Your mouth is a doorway into the body and as dentists we can gain valuable insights into your health by simply looking in your mouth.
Plaque is composed of sugar, which is the most detrimental substance that gives rise to the disease. When your teeth have been coated by the sugar-infused plaque, an acidic environment is created in which bacteria thrives. The high sugar content in your diet will also reduce the immune system’s efficiency against the infection – a double jeopardy for the sufferer.
In our nutritional plans, we promote a balanced diet and the proportional intake of vitamins (C, D and A) to strengthen your mouth’s defences to effectively ward off gum disease. Carbohydrates, sugar, fats and alcohol feature prominently on the “things to avoid” list.
Integrated Dental Health provides our new patients with a comprehensive dental assessment and clean for just $190.
Call Integrated Dental Health today to book an appointment by calling us on (02) 4708 7007.