Battling Gum Disease: Your Ultimate Guide to Dental Wellness

Gum disease damages the soft tissue and bone supporting the teeth. Our dental team can work with you to prevent, detect, and manage gum disease.

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Gum Disease Unveiled: Revealing the Battle for Your Dental Health

Gum disease poses significant problems for oral health. It can lead to symptoms such as swollen and bleeding gums, bad breath, and tooth loss.

At Infinite Smiles Dental Victoria Park, a variety of treatments are available to address gum disease and restore oral health. With the comprehensive care provided by the experienced dentists at our dental clinic, patients can find relief from gum disease and regain a healthy, confident smile.

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Warning Signs: Recognising the Symptoms of Gum Disease

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Learn to recognise the symptoms of gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, for early intervention and prevention.

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Frequently Asked Questions
About Gum Disease

Find answers to common questions about symptoms, treatments, and prevention of gum disease in our FAQS section.
Gum disease, which spans from mild gingivitis to severe periodontitis, is characterised by red and swollen gums, bleeding during brushing, and bad breath. As the condition advances, one may experience gum recession, loose teeth, and tooth loss.

Periodontal disease is mainly caused by plaque buildup, a sticky film of bacteria on teeth. Contributing factors include:

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Tobacco use
  • Genetic susceptibility
  • Hormonal changes during pregnancy and menstruation
  • Certain medications reducing saliva flow
  • Illnesses affecting the immune system like HIV/AIDS and diabetes
  • Nutritional deficiencies (especially vitamin C)
  • Older age
  • Stress impairing the immune response.

There are different types and stages of gum disease, which can vary in severity and require different forms of treatment.

  1. Gingivitis:
    The earliest stage of gum disease and is caused by plaque accumulation on the teeth. The symptoms include red, swollen gums and bad breath. Gingivitis is generally reversible with good oral hygiene and regular dental cleanings.
  2. Periodontitis:
    If gingivitis is not addressed, it can progress to a more severe form of gum disease. During initial periodontitis, the gums start to pull away from the teeth, forming pockets that can become infected. As periodontitis progresses, it can lead to the loss of the bone that supports the tooth.
  3. Aggressive Periodontitis:
    This form manifests in individuals who generally have good health but experience swift loss of gum attachment and rapid bone deterioration.
  4. Chronic Periodontitis:
    This prevalent type is marked by inflammation in the tissues that support the teeth, coupled with gradual loss of gum attachment and bone tissue.

Oral treatments can range from non-surgical therapies that control bacterial growth to surgery to restore supportive tissues.

Gum disease can have far-reaching impacts on overall health.

  • It’s linked to heart disease due to bacteria from the gums contributing to arterial plaques. This bacterial spread also increases stroke risk.
  • For people with diabetes, gum disease complicates blood sugar control and heightens gum disease risk.
  • Respiratory infections like pneumonia can arise from inhaling oral bacteria.
  • Gum disease in pregnancy is associated with preterm births and low birth weights.
  • There are also connections with rheumatoid arthritis, cognitive decline in old age, and kidney disease.

Maintaining oral hygiene, avoiding tobacco, and regular dentist visits are vital for managing gum disease and safeguarding overall health.

Preventing gum disease is essential for maintaining oral health and overall wellbeing. It’s crucial to establish a consistent oral hygiene routine. Brushing your teeth at least twice daily with fluoride toothpaste helps remove plaque, which is the main culprit in gum disease. Daily flossing eliminates plaque and food particles from areas a toothbrush can’t reach. Incorporating an antiseptic mouthwash can further reduce bacteria in the mouth.

Schedule regular dental check-ups and professional teeth cleanings. It is recommended that you see your dentist twice a year. These visits allow for early detection of any signs of gum disease and timely advice on oral hygiene practices.

Diet prevents gum disease, so it’s advisable to consume a balanced diet rich in vitamin C and calcium. These nutrients are essential for gum health. Be mindful of consuming sugary foods and drinks as they contribute to plaque buildup. Drinking water throughout the day contributes to health by washing away food particles and bacteria. It is especially helpful if you experience dry mouth, a condition that can heighten the risk of gum disease, often caused by certain medications. If you are on medication that causes dry mouth, talk to your healthcare provider about alternatives to mitigate this side effect.

One of the major risk factors for gum disease is tobacco use. If you smoke or use tobacco products, it’s imperative to quit. Tobacco significantly increases the risk of gum disease. Finally, educate yourself about the early signs of gum disease, such as redness, swelling, or bleeding of the gums, and don’t hesitate to seek dental care if you notice any of these symptoms.

Gum disease risk factors encompass poor oral hygiene, tobacco use, genetic predisposition, and ageing. Medications that reduce saliva and lifestyle factors like stress or poor nutrition can also contribute. Hormonal changes during life stages such as puberty, pregnancy, and menopause make gums more susceptible. Chronic illnesses like diabetes weaken the immune system, increasing vulnerability. Moreover, ill-fitting dental appliances and teeth grinding can harm gum health. Maintaining oral hygiene, leading a healthy lifestyle, and regular dental check-ups are essential in mitigating these risks.

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