Do you have red swollen gums that bleed easily? Or do you have bad breath or loose teeth?
Did you know that almost half of all adults in Australia have some form of gum (periodontal) disease? Gum inflammation (gingivitis) is common and doesn’t cause pain, which means you may not even be aware you’re suffering from it. You might notice red swollen gums that bleed easily when brushed. Bad breath is another unpleasant side effect.
However, if untreated, gum infections can cause serious health problems, including tooth loss or even cardiovascular and other health complications.
As gum disease spreads, the gums become infected and pull away from the teeth causing deep pockets. This stage of gum disease is called periodontitis. The bones that support the teeth become damaged and in the long-term teeth may loosen and fall out, or need to be removed.
To prevent periodontal disease and tooth loss, we will examine and record the health status of your gums, and clean the root surfaces thoroughly at the earliest stages, removing bacterial toxins, plaque and calculus. We will also educate you on the strategies to minimise and eliminate the disease process. Simple and cost-effective, regular hygiene could make all the difference to your oral health in the future.
Depending upon the type of treatment required, our patients can either undertake periodontal treatment here at Morgan Street Dental Centre, or may require referral to a local or capital city periodontist.
If you feel you may be suffering from gum disease, please contact us for a consultation today.