Gum Disease

Gum Disease Treatment | Dentist Thornton

Gum disease treatment for gingivitis usually involves your Dentist providing a thorough scale and clean to remove the plaque and calculus deposits. Your Dentist will also provide you with information on how best to look after your teeth at home to prevent future gum disease symptoms.

For patients with Periodontitis, a more extensive clean will be required. This cleaning may need to be completed over a number of appointments and may require local anaesthetic prior to the deep scaling and cleaning commencing.

Once you have had a gum problem you will always be susceptible to recurring problems, so be sure to see your dentist on a regular basis – every six months, unless he or she recommends otherwise.

Gum Disease and Plaque

Gum disease is usually caused by a build-up of plaque on teeth and along the gum line. Plaque is a sticky coating containing bacteria. The immune system tries to get rid of plaque with an inflammation response. This is seen by the redness and swelling of the gum around the tooth.

Everybody has a range of bacteria in their mouth. Plaque is constantly being formed by some of these bacteria when they feed on the sugars in the foods and drinks you consume. Plaque provides the perfect environment for the bacteria that can cause gum disease to live and multiply.

Causes of Gum Disease

  • Build-up of plaque
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Defective fillings
  • Misaligned teeth

Signs Of Gum Disease

  • Bleeding gums, especially when brushing or eating
  • Redness and swelling of the gum
  • Receding gums (the gum line shrinks away from the tooth making teeth look longer)
  • Bad breath
  • A bad taste in the mouth
  • Tenderness when biting
  • Loose teeth

Prevention Of Gum Disease

Regular tooth brushing helps to prevent gum disease by removing the plaque that causes it. Remember:

  • Brush teeth and along the gum line twice a day, in the morning and before going to bed.
  • Use a toothbrush with a small head and soft bristles.
  • Over 18 months of age, use a fluoride toothpaste, low fluoride for children aged 18 months to six years of age and standard fluoride for people six years and older.
  • After brushing, spit out toothpaste, don’t swallow and don’t rinse with water. This leaves a small amount of fluoride in the mouth to protect teeth.
  • Eating well can also help prevent gum disease. Sugars provide the food for some types of mouth bacteria to multiply and form a plaque layer on the teeth and gums. A high-sugar diet can contribute to a thick layer of plaque. Avoiding sugary foods and drinks, especially between meals, can help to keep plaque levels under control.

Treatment for Gum Disease in Thornton

Gum disease treatment for gingivitis usually involves your Dentist providing a thorough scale and clean to remove the plaque and calculus deposits. Your Dentist will also provide you with information on how best to look after your teeth at home to prevent future gum disease symptoms.

For patients with Periodontitis, a more extensive clean will be required. This cleaning may need to be completed over a number of appointments and may require local anaesthetic prior to the deep scaling and cleaning commencing.

Once you have had a gum problem you will always be susceptible to recurring problems, so be sure to see your dentist on a regular basis – every six months, unless recommends otherwise.

If you are showing signs of gum disease, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with your Thornton dentist as soon as possible. Conquer the negative effects of gum disease with our comprehensive Gum Disease Treatment at Thornton Dental.

Call us on (02) 4966 2996 or book your appointment online today!

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