Periodontal disease affects the gums and bone supporting the teeth, and if untreated, can lead to tooth loosening, gum discomfort and bleeding and receding gums. Our dentists recognise the importance of early diagnosis, treatment and maintenance to control periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease is caused by a chronic bacterial infection which leads to the breakdown of the soft and hard tissues that support our teeth. Build-up of plaque and tartar allows the bacterial infection to progress which results in bleeding and receding gums, and eventually the destruction and shrinkage of the supporting bone.
Cleaning and Gum Care
As part of our preventative approach, we recommend regular cleaning and scaling of your teeth. We all get some build-up of tartar on our teeth which cannot be removed with toothbrushing alone, and this accumulation of bacteria is responsible for the progression of gum disease (gingivitis and periodontitis). Our dentists are mindful that some people can find teeth cleaning uncomfortable, and always take the utmost care to be attentive and gentle. Gum disease is often a chronic, ‘silent’ disease with very subtle early symptoms, but unfortunately it can have devastating effects on our oral health if left untreated. Many people can experience bleeding, swollen or tender gums and sensitivity or loosening of their teeth when gum disease is active.