At Seaforth Dental Centre, our entire team emphasises your overall health, and this includes the state of your oral health. If you are suffering from bleeding gums, bad breath, gum recession or tooth mobility, you might have an infection in your gums called periodontal disease. This not only puts the health of your teeth in danger, but people who have periodontal disease might be putting themselves at a higher risk of developing serious medical conditions.
Healthy Gums for Healthy Teeth
Many people are unaware that they have gum disease because, in its earliest stages, it often shows no signs or symptoms. As this insidious disease continues to take hold, you might begin to experience the following:
- Bleeding after brushing or flossing
- Gums that are red, swollen and tender
- Persistent bad breath that no amount of brushing seems to fix
- Pockets around the gums where they have pulled away from the tooth
- The formation of pus in the pockets around the tooth
Ultimately, gum disease can lead to tooth loss if it is not treated.
The Periodontal Evaluation
As part of your regular dental examination, our team will perform a periodontal evaluation to ensure the health of your gums. We will also ask you for some information about your medical history as certain conditions can put you at higher risk, including pregnancy and diabetes, and the use of some medications. Smokers and tobacco users are also at a higher risk.
By measuring the pockets in the gums around your teeth, we can tell whether your gums fit snugly around your teeth as they are supposed to. If pockets have formed, this makes it easy for bacteria to settle in. We will also ask about any signs of gum disease you might be experiencing.
The way your gum disease is treated will depend on what stage it is in. In the beginning, gum disease is referred to as gingivitis, and this is a treatable condition. Our gentle dentist can perform a deep cleaning to help bring your gums back to health.
In its more advanced stage, periodontitis, the best you can hope for is to manage your condition with regular visits to our Seaforth, NSW dental clinic. We usually recommend more frequent dental cleans to keep your gum disease from getting any worse.
The Use of Lasers in Treating Gum Disease
At C4th Dental Centre, we can use lasers to treat gum disease, which sometimes results in faster healing and better outcomes than traditional periodontal surgery. Lasers provide a non-surgical way to removed diseased gum tissue and bacteria, and to promote the growth of healthy tissue.
We Welcome Your Call
Are you showing signs of having gum disease? Or has it been a while since your last check-up and clean? The best way to ensure that your gums are healthy is to reach out to arrange a booking at our Seaforth, NSW dental clinic. We warmly welcome new patients—regardless of how long it may have been since your last dental examination.