Regular dental hygiene visits are important for prevention, early detection and treatment of Gingivitis and Periodontal Disease (Periodontitis).
When excessive plaque builds up below the gum line harmful bacteria can create an infection underneath the gums. This is the early stage of gum disease, known as gingivitis.
When a person has gingivitis, they may notice their gums bleed during brushing, or appear red and swollen. There is usually little or no discomfort at this stage, however bad breath, sometimes known as halitosis, can also be a sign of gingivitis.
Regular visits to your dentist and oral health therapist will help you catch gum disease when it is easiest to treat. Once gum disease progresses to a point when you notice things aren’t right, it is typically advanced.
Infrequent and improper brushing and flossing often cause gum disease. Other factors that increase the risk of gum disease include poor diet, genetics, diabetes, medications, smoking and stress.
Gingivitis is reversible with professional treatment and good oral care at home.
Periodontal Disease (Periodontitis)
If left untreated, gingivitis can turn into periodontitis. A simple examination by your dentist or oral health therapist will determine the presence and seriousness of the condition.
When periodontal disease reaches an advanced stage, teeth can become loose and may have to be removed. This is because the bone around the teeth has been dissolved over time by the bacterial infection.
For most people who suffer periodontal disease, a deep cleaning below the gum line can remove bacteria build-up. Over time, this will reduce and remove infection, but there is no permanent ‘cure’ for periodontal disease.
Key to a successful care plan is having your dentist and oral health therapist detect the conditions early, being diligent with your home care routine and having regular dental hygiene visits to manage the disease.
Contact the friendly A2Z Dental Clinic team to book in your general check-up or for periodontal health queries.
How does this benefit you?
- Saves time: Restorations can be manufactured on the same day as the preparation.
- Because of the quick turnaround time there is no need to have temporary crowns for extended periods.
- Reduced tooth drilling: CAD-CAM restorations are fitted with very strong glue, allowing for increased tooth structure to be preserved during this procedure.
- CAD-CAM restorations are stronger than conventional fillings with an increased life expectancy compared to conventional fillings.
Speak to our friendly team to find out more about how these technologies can help with your dental care.