Taking care of your smile in its entirety
Our dental professionals at Totalcare Dentistry practice a holistic attitude towards dentistry. This approach means that our passionate dental team strives to care for more than just your smile. The areas that support your teeth, particularly your gums, are vital to the health of your teeth and overall wellbeing. Poor periodontal (gum) health can lead to decay and tooth loss, and is even linked to heart disease and a number of other debilitating conditions.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is a common problem experienced by many of our patients. Mild periodontal disease can appear in the form of minor inflammation of the gums and can often be easily corrected.
Serious periodontitis can result in major oral damage which can include the deterioration of your soft tissues, jawbone and even tooth loss. The development of periodontal disease often occurs due to a build-up of bacteria in your mouth.
Your oral environment can be a breeding ground for harmful bacteria if you do not maintain excellent oral hygiene. Bacteria can build up and solidify into stubborn plaque that causes tooth discoloration, decay and gum disease. The more this plaque builds up, the more your periodontal disease can worsen.
Symptoms of periodontal disease include:
- Persistent bad breath
- Puffy or reddened gums
- Sensitivity in the teeth and gums
- Bleeding gums when brushing or chewing
- Tooth loss
Gingivitis and periodontitis
Mild gum disease is often known as gingivitis. When patients develop gingivitis they can experience reddening and swelling of the gums, as well is sporadic bleeding or bleeding when brushing. Gingivitis can often be corrected by increased oral hygiene, including more detailed brushing and flossing.
If left untreated gingivitis can progress to periodontitis, which is a much more serious oral concern. Periodontitis causes the gums to recede, creating pockets which accumulate bacteria and infection. As the plaque and bacteria worsens and progresses past the gum line the infection spreads. In response to the spread of infection your body begins to break down the infected material, thus damaging your gum and potentially spreading the damage through to your bone.
Prevent the need for a cure
Periodontal disease can have serious ramifications for both your oral health and your overall wellbeing. There are a number of steps you can take, in conjunction with regular checkup appointments, to curb the development of gum disease. By brushing twice a day and flossing regularly, as well as maintaining a healthy diet you can keep your gums healthy. In addition, smoking has been linked to gum disease. If you have any signs of periodontitis then it is advisable to stop smoking.
If you have already developed mild gum disease our team can help you restore your health and safeguard your smile. A deep clean and scale, which we offer in our general check-up, can help correct mild periodontal disease. In the event that you have developed serve periodontitis we will refer you to a skilled periodontist.
To take care of your gums it is crucial that you maintain a stringent oral hygiene routine and visit our team to help remove the more stubborn plaque that can build up on your teeth.