Periodontal disease or gum disease is caused by the build up of dental plaque on the teeth. Bacterial plaque collects on your teeth everyday. Unless removed effectively and regularly, inflammation of the gums (gingivitis) will result. Unfortunately gum disease progresses painlessly, so that you do not even notice the damage that is occurring. The only sign you might notice is bleeding when brushing. Left untreated gum disease can lead to damage of teeth support structures and bone. Long-term damage to these tissues will result in tooth loss.
On each and every dental health check your dentist will examine your gums closely measuring the tightness of the gum around each individual tooth and noting any areas that show signs of bleeding. This careful monitoring of all our patient’s gum health enables us to offer you the appropriate treatment at the right time.
How do I manage Gum Disease?
- Regular sessions with your dentist are the mainstay of treatment for periodontal disease. Your Dentist and Oral Health Therapist will work with you to improve your gum health by scaling your teeth thoroughly and monitoring your gum health at each visit.
- Your Dentist will also show you how to remove plaque successfully in order for you to keep your gums healthy in between your visits to the practice.
- If you have noticed bleeding from your gums when you brush then this maybe a sign that you have gum disease. It is always best to see your dentist if you are concerned. - We may need to refer you to a specialist Periodontist in Cairns who will work in conjunction with your Dentist to monitor your gum health.
Increased risk of Gum Disease
Advances in periodontal therapies now offer those patients with gum problems a realistic chance of slowing down the rate of gum disease. This should allow you to keep most of your teeth for life.
Some medical conditions such as diabetes will affect the likelihood of gum disease occurring.In the past 25 years, there has also been an increasing awareness of the role of cigarette consumption in oral health. Smoking is considered the major risk factor in the prevalence, extent and severity of periodontal diseases. For more information please follow the link.