Gingivitis & Periodontitis
Gum disease: symptoms and treatments in Mornington
When it comes to gum disease, Mornington Peninsula patients may be surprised to know that it is the biggest cause of tooth loss in people over 35.
Yet it affects most people in various guises at some stage in their lives. That said, our team can help. We have a special interest in the treatment and prevention of gum infections and periodontal disease and are able to offer patients reliable and effective gum disease treatment.
Gingivitis and Periodontitis
There are two main stages of gum disease. Gingivitis (the early stage of the disease) occurs when plaque and calculus build up on teeth over a period of time. More common signs of gingivitis are reddened gums and bleeding when brushing or flossing. These early stages of gum disease will generally cause little or no discomfort, which is why the signs are often ignored.
Periodontitis, on the other hand, is an advanced form of gum disease that may occur if gingivitis is not treated. Symptoms include increased bleeding from the gums, lengthening of the teeth caused by gum recession, changes in tooth position, tooth sensitivity and bad breath. Eventually, it may also lead to tooth loss.
Why gum disease treatment is important
Aside from the factors listed above, recent research also shows that chronic gum disease may be associated with the following conditions:
- Cardiovascular disease, leading to an increase in the risk of heart attacks and strokes
- Further complications in diabetic patients – particularly in regard to blood glucose control
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and pneumonia in the elderly
- Premature and low weight births, in case of pregnancy
With this in mind, good oral hygiene –controlling plaque, preventing infection and inflammation- is a vital part of maintaining good overall health.
How regular hygiene visits can help
Our team of experienced and dedicated Hygienists will work closely with you to help treat gum disease problems.
Firstly, a close examination of your mouth is carried out to observe any signs of gum disease. For gingivitis treatment, our hygienists will carry out professional dental cleaning in our purpose-built hygiene department. This should remove any accumulated plaque and may take place over one or more visits. Once your teeth are clear of plaque, the gums will gradually return to their normal condition, shade and texture. It is important to note however that you must maintain a regular dental cleaning and flossing routine.
Advanced periodontal disease may involve more complex processes comprising of non-surgical treatment such as root planing or surgical treatments including pocket reduction, both of which are common procedures in advanced gum disease treatment.
Finally, we provide close monitoring and supportive therapy on the Mornington Peninsula
Unfortunately, for many people, susceptibility to gum disease is a life-long, genetically based problem, which is why we strongly believe in routine monitoring and support. This includes regular visits to our Hygienists to eradicate any plaque and calculus that has accumulated since your last visit and scheduling six monthly check-ups so if gum disease does return, we can diagnose and treat it early.
If you think you may have the early signs of gum disease it is important to seek timely gum disease advice and treatment from our dental clinic in Mornington. Our skills in the prevention and treatment of gum disease mean that we are able to help you minimise or eliminate its impact on your overall dental health. Whether you are experiencing the classic symptoms or simply wish to learn more about gum disease, the Barkly Street Dental Group team can help you. Contact us on (03) 5975 5355 to book an appointment today.