Gum Disease Melbourne VIC
Gum disease is a common dental health condition, but one which is easily addressed with frequent visits to the dentist. Fine Dentistry’s helpful and experienced team can support you in maintaining your dental hygiene. Also known as periodontal care, caring for your gums means minimising the risk of tooth decay, damage and possible loss.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease, also known as gingivitis, is most often caused by poor dental hygiene, allowing bacteria to proliferate in the mouth. When plaque and tartar build-up on the teeth and are not removed, the gums become irritated, causing gingivitis.
It is a common condition and symptoms include red, swollen gums which bleed easily. Without treatment, the infection can spread, resulting in periodontal disease, which causes the bone below the gums to become infected.
What Causes Gum Disease?
There are a number of factors that when combined can result in gum disease, with the most prominent being poor oral hygiene. If you eat sugary and acidic foods, this can cause a breakdown of the hard outer layer of your teeth (the enamel) without enamel or proper oral hygiene these bacteria can build up into plaque and tartar. This can then continue to below the visible gum line, infecting your gums and causing many problems.
What are the Consequences of Gum Disease?
The consequences of gum disease vary depending on the severity of the condition. If left untreated, gum disease can result in tooth decay. Beyond cavities, this may permanently damage the tooth or even result in tooth loss. Like all infections, gum disease will also put stress on your immune system. It also allows infection of any open wounds within the mouth, further endangering your heath.
How Can I Prevent Gum Disease?
Daily brushing and flossing will help to minimise your risk. It’s important to ensure that you are brushing twice a day, for two minutes at a time to properly clean your teeth. Flossing daily is equally as important. By flossing, you are able to reach the nooks and crannies between your teeth that regular brushing cannot get to. Aside from correct hygiene, it’s important to consider your diet when thinking about oral health. Sugary foods and beverages are more likely to break down teeth and incite decay, so it’s best to limit these within your diet.
Regular dental check-ups are essential to remove the build-up of plaque from your teeth. Some people may need to visit us more regularly than others, as there are certain factors which can increase your risk, such as smoking, hormonal changes, cancer, stress and diabetes. Fine Dentistry can help create the best dental care plan for you to manage your oral health.