Do you have bad breath even through you brush and floss diligently? Or do you gum bleeds when you brush or floss?
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, affects millions of Australians. It is a painless infection of the tissues around the teeth and is the leading cause of tooth loss.
Gum disease can lead to serious complications like bone and tooth loss, it is important to diagnose and treat it early and effectively.
February is gum disease awareness month in a national and global effort to raise public awareness of gum disease.
The awareness campaign aims to encourage the general public to take an active role in better oral health through prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
Education and prevention are vital to stopping gum disease.
Determining if you have gum disease
Gum disease is an insidious form of gum disease, is only often detected by a dentist because they know what to look out for and have the equipment to do so.
Here are 3 reasons why Gum Disease is bad for your dental health
1. Gum disease doesn’t go away on its own
Infection in your gums doesn’t get better on its own, regardless how many times you brush your teeth and floss. In fact, most people avoid brushing their teeth when their gums bleed because they think they can forget the issue – which makes it worse!
Only dentists can do a deep clean to resolve this problem- by cleaning below the gum line to remove the plaque and tartar that build up in the grooves between the teeth and gums over time.
2. Gum disease can lead to losing your teeth
When left untreated, gum disease turns into periodontal disease, which. Is detrimental for your dental health. Your gums recede due to infection and inflammation which attacks the tissue that holds the tooth to the jawbone. This causes the tooth to become loose and potentially fall out.
3. Gum Disease causes other health issues
Gum disease has been linked to premature birth, heart disease, diabetes and other chronic health problems. Research shows that treating gum disease can lead to better health.
The link between gum disease and chronic health condition is inflammation, the body’s natural response to an infection.
If gum disease is left untreated, inflammatory substances build up in the blood which can affect other chronic conditions you may be suffering from. Getting gum disease under control may reduce any serious issues developing in your body.
How to avoid developing Gum Disease?
Good oral hygiene at home is important to help avoid developing gum disease or help it not develop into a serious problem. It is important to remember to:
- Brush your teeth after every meal or at least twice a day
- Use mouthwash with fluoride
- Floss your teeth once a day
Comfort Dental can help you kick gum disease in the butt!
Comfort Dental Centre Buderim provides expert care for healthy, beautiful smiles, including treatments for gum disease. Call our Buderim dental office to schedule a consultation. We serve patients from Buderim and surrounding areas with top-notch dentistry. Our dental practice in Buderim provides the highest quality of dental care, in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere, with a commitment to excellent customer service.
We are conveniently located on Wises Road near the Sunshine Motorway with convenient parking and we are open six days a week!
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