What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a bacterial infection that affects the tissues that surround and support your teeth. It is a common condition that can range from mild inflammation of the gums (gingivitis) to more serious damage to the soft tissues and bone that support your teeth (periodontitis).
Signs and Symptoms To Look For
It’s important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of gum disease so you can take action before it becomes more serious. Some common signs to look for include:
- Red, swollen, or tender gums
- Bleeding when brushing or flossing
- Receding gums
- Loose or separating teeth
- Persistent bad breath
- Changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to see a dentist as soon as possible.
Risks of Gum Disease
If left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss and other serious health problems. It has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Gum disease has also been shown to complicate pregnancy and increase the risk of premature birth and low birth weight.
Preventing Gum Disease
Preventing gum disease is important for maintaining good oral health. Good oral hygiene practices such as brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and using mouthwash can help prevent gum disease. Regular visits to your dentist for cleanings and checkups are also important for preventing gum disease.
Why You Should See Our Dentist if You Have Symptoms
If you have gum disease, it is important to see a dentist as soon as possible. Our experienced dental team at Starbright Dental can diagnose and treat gum disease before it becomes more serious. We offer a range of treatments for gum disease, including deep cleanings, root planing, and periodontal surgery. We can also provide advice on how to improve your oral hygiene practices to prevent further damage to your teeth and gums.
Don’t let gum disease go untreated. Schedule an appointment and take the first step towards better oral health. Use the form on this page, call us on 07 5531 3205, or use our online booking platform.