What is gum disease?

Gum disease is one of the most common infections, with severe disease affecting 10-15 % of the population.  The mildest form of gum disease is called gingivitis, the infection and inflammation is limited to the gum tissues and does not involve the supporting bone. Gingivitis is a reversible condition, however it can progress to periodontitis which results in destruction of the supporting bone around your teeth. IF left untreated, periodontitis can result in loose teeth, teeth that move in other directions, and ultimately in tooth loss. It is a chronic disease, which means that the disease is ongoing and harder to control with a once off treatment. Bone loss resulting from periodontitis in most situations cannot be reversed.

What causes gum disease?

Accumulation of bacterial plaque and deposits of calculus on root surfaces within the gum pockets that are left because of poor hygiene practices can cause gum disease. The accumulation of bacterial toxins triggers an inflammatory immune response. In certain individuals, the immune response may be destructive, eventually causing loss of supporting bone leading to mobility and loss of the affected teeth.

The main risks factors of gum disease include:

  • Smokers
  • People suffering from diabetes, people on immunosuppressant medications
  • Other illnesses
  • Genetics
  • Hormones changes in women
  • Lifestyle factors

What are some of the signs and symptoms of gum disease?

Some symptoms include:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Bad breath
  • Swollen gums
  • Pus
  • Mobile teeth
  • Teeth appearing like they have erupted
  • Sensitivity with root exposure
  • Movement of teeth to different areas
  • Tenderness to chew

How can checkups help with that?

Here at Blackburn Family Dental Care, we check the status of your gum condition every 6 months. Areas that are unhealthy will be pointed out to you. In many cases, the gum disease can be controlled with a combination of careful screening; cleaning professionally in your checkup appointment as well as proper home hygiene. In some cases, additional and or more frequent appointments are necessary if your gums need a more thorough clean.

For more information, please contact us on (03)98772589.

Alternatively, you can book us online on this for a consultation on gum problems.

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Conveniently positioned for patients seeking a Dentist in Blackburn, Box Hill, Burwood, Nunawading, Mitcham, Forest Hill and Canterbury. Our Blackburn North Dental Clinic is next to Blackburn station via the Belgrave or Lilydale line. Walk towards Main St (2 minutes) and you will see a light blue signage.

Parking is available behind Blackburn Family Dental, entering Main St or alternatively on S parade.

Many buses, including 703 and 765, are also in close proximity to our Blackburn North dental clinic.