There are two different types of gum disease. Gum disease starts out as gingivitis but advances to Periodontitis if left untreated. Gingivitis can be treated very easily with regular check ups, professional cleaning and bushing and flossing twice a day.
Once Gingivitis has advanced to Periodontitis it starts to create ‘pockets' in your gums around the teeth where the gum starts to come away from the teeth roots. This affects the bone supporting the teeth and the bone starts to deteriorate. It may become irreversible leading to tooth loss. Periodontal disease is a serious infection that requires professional treatment; it is one of the most common reasons for tooth loss in adults. Some of the symptoms of gum disease include:
Gum disease is caused by a number of different reasons, the most common (and most preventable) is bacteria building up on your teeth causing plaque that can’t be removed by regular brushing. Other causes include:
A recent study in the US showed that one out of every two adults has gum disease - scary hey! The other scary fact is you may be completely unaware you have gum disease as it is possible to have no warning signs. If you are displaying any of the above symptoms we recommend you come to see us straight away, the sooner you start treatment, the better the chances are of saving your teeth.
The first thing we will do is give you a thorough scale and clean but don't worry - at TL Dental we have invested in the latest technology to make sure your visit is as comfortable as possible. Our mission is to change the way you think about coming to the dentist.
Your healthfund should cover some of the cost of your gum disease treatment, how much is covered depends on the level of treatment that you need. We will give you with all of the information you need to check with your healthcare provider. Book and an appointment to come and see us today.
If you are worried about your bleeding gums the best thing to do is to schedule a check-up and clean with one of our dentists. Chances are that it may just be early stage and with a good clean we can get it under control for you and then give you all the information you need for an at home dental care routine.
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