Gum Disease is an inflammation of the gums; this can progress if left untreated to affect the bone that supports your teeth.
Gum Disease is caused by bacteria found in your plaque. When plaque is not removed regularly, it hardens and turns into calculus. The bacteria in plaque causes your gums to become inflamed and eventually your gums and bone may be affected. Gum Disease is most commonly seen in patients who are over 4o years of age. Read more about Senior Dentistry here.
Brushing or flossing cannot remove calculus, but it can remove plaque before it turns into calculus. This is why it is important to brush and floss daily. Dr Linc can remove calculus with a professional cleaning at your regular dental check-up appointment.
In the early stages, Gum Disease may be painless. It often goes undetected by patients and the first you hear of it is when you have your dental check-up.
Dr Linc shares the symptoms you must look out for:
- Bleeding Gums when brushing or flossing
- Swollen, red or sore gums
- Gums that are floppy and move away from the tooth
- Consistent bad breath
- A bad taste in your mouth
- Loose teeth
- Moving teeth
- Partial dentures that no longer fit
- Pus around your teeth and gums
There are three stages of gum disease
This is the first stage of Gum Disease. It is the inflammation of the gums, caused by dental plaque build-up at the gum line. You may notice some redness or swelling of the gums, or some bleeding during brushing and flossing. At this early stage Gum Disease can be reversed, since the bone and connective tissue that hold the teeth in place are not yet affected.
This is the second stage of Gum Disease. The supporting bone and soft tissues that hold your teeth in place are damaged and a pocket forms below the gum. This encourages the growth of plaque and calculus. To prevent further damage to your gums and bone, a professional periodontal cleaning by Dr Linc is necessary.
This is the third and most advanced stage of Gum Disease. The gums and bone that support your teeth are mostly destroyed and this may cause your teeth to loosen. This may also affect the way your teeth bite together and how you eat and talk.
If your Advanced Periodontitis is aggressive, this usually means it is impossible to save your teeth and they may need to be removed by Dr Linc.
Correct brushing and flossing will help keep gum disease under control. An antibacterial toothpaste or mouth rinse may be recommended by Dr Linc in some cases to kill bacteria and lessen the build-up of plaque in your mouth. Removing dental plaque daily will prevent gum disease and improve the health of your mouth.
Dr Linc and Dr Michelle are available at Harris Dental Boutique Bargara dental practice near Bundaberg, Monday to Saturday at Shop 2/16 See Street Bargara Q 4670. There are usually appointment times available each day to see new patients or dental emergencies. Give the front office team a call on 07 41590 660 to organise a time that suits you, contact us for more information or book an appointment with Dr Linc in Bargara near Bundaberg.