How To: Treat Gum Disease

Gum disease is a common oral hygiene problem that many Australians experience. Your local dental hospital or practice are the professionals to seek when it comes to gum disease treatment. You can acquire gum disease from any number of circumstances, such as smoking, diabetes, hormonal changes, stress or illness. Preventative measures include keeping a regular and thorough oral hygiene regime and always seeing a dentist once to twice a year.


Your dentist can help you to track your oral hygiene and let you know the risks of poor gum health as well as how to prevent and treat it. For all things dental in Ipswich or Brassall, Queensland, feel free to give us a call at Ipswich Family Dental Practice. We are the local, experienced dental team that is always happy to help you and the whole family keep up a solid and healthy oral hygiene routine.


What is Gum Disease?

There are two different types of gum disease: Periodontitis and Gingivitis. Gingivitis is when bacteria causes inflammation of the gums resulting in red, sore, and bleeding gums. Periodontitis occurs when gingivitis is left untreated, resulting in inflammation around the tooth. This causes the gums to pull away from the teeth, which causes pockets that become susceptible to infection. During this process, bacterial toxins and the enzymes produced from the immune system can cause a breakdown of the bone and connective tissue that hold the teeth in place. Teeth can eventually become loose and may need to be removed.


How Does Gum Disease Happen?

Gum disease is caused by the build-up of plaque and tartar. Gum hygiene is just as important as the rest of your mouth and brushing your teeth twice daily, flossing and using mouthwash are all preventative measures that can prevent the need for gum disease treatment. If you recognise signs of gingivitis, make sure to book an appointment with your local dental hospital.


How Can I Treat Gum Disease?

Gingivitis can be reversed by brushing your teeth, flossing and getting regular dental checkups. When gingivitis occurs, your gums are telling you that they are not being looked after properly, but you still have time. Like many conditions, early intervention gum disease treatment can help to ensure the longevity of your teeth and oral hygiene. If and when you see the signs, our dentists will examine your gums with a probe to measure the spaces between the tooth and gum. This will determine the health of your gums and the supporting structures. If necessary, the dentists will instruct you on how to properly clean your teeth and gums, or they may clean your teeth professionally to remove any soft and hardened plaque. If left untreated, periodontitis can lead to your teeth needing to be removed.


For a local, friendly and professional dental hospital that welcomes the whole family, visit Ipswich Dental Practice in Ipswich or Brassall, Queensland today. Book an appointment online now if you are experiencing signs of gum disease.

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