Gum disease, including gingivitis and periodontal disease occurs when dental plaque accumulates and irritates the gums surrounding the teeth.
While bacteria are normal inhabitants of the mouth, an excessive build-up of plaque, especially below the gum line, can lead to challenges managing them at home. This can result in irreversible damage to the gums and the underlying bones that support your teeth.
It is estimated that 80% of Australians have been affected by mild to moderate gum disease, therefore, we strongly encourage regular visits with our dedicated hygienists in combination with daily brushing and flossing to ensure your mouth remains healthy and free from gum disease.
If gum disease is detected in your hygiene appointment, our hygienists will discuss periodontal treatment options with you. Periodontal treatment aims to manage and control the progression of gum disease, preventing further damage to your gums and teeth. Our team will tailor your treatment to address your specific needs, which may include deep cleaning procedures such as scaling and root planning, or referral to a Periodontal Specialist for advanced care.
By incorporating regular hygiene appointments with our hygienists, you can take a proactive approach to your gum health. Our hygienists will not only provide professional cleanings but also educate you on proper oral hygiene practices. They will demonstrate effective brushing and flossing techniques and guide you in selecting the right oral care products. Empowering you with this knowledge allows you to maintain optimal gum care between appointments.
We understand that maintaining gum health is a lifelong commitment. That’s why we offer ongoing support and follow-up appointments to monitor your progress and address any concerns that may arise. Our goal is to help you achieve a healthy smile and keep your teeth for life.
Periodontal Disease Linked to Systemic Health Conditions
Recent research has identified a connection between periodontal disease and several systemic health issues. The chronic inflammation seen in gum disease can enter the bloodstream and has the potential to initiate or exacerbate inflammation in other parts of the body.
There are growing evidences linking periodontal disease to systemic conditions such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and respiratory diseases. Additionally, patients with systemic conditions like diabetes are also more susceptible to developing severe forms of periodontal disease. This interrelation underscores the importance of maintaining oral health, not just for the well-being of the mouth but also as a preventive measure for broader health complications.