In 2015, one in five people in Australia suffered from gum disease requiring treatment at their dentist for tooth decay and gum disease1. At Freedom Dental we believe that with good oral hygiene education and a regular oral hygiene routine, gum disease can be prevented.
Insufficient oral hygiene practices have damaging effects on your oral health and can negatively impact your overall health. Bacteria build-up can create inflammation of the gums which can lead to periodontal disease and contribute to other systemic diseases.
Early intervention is key. Advanced periodontal disease, when left untreated can lead to tooth and bone loss. Our clinical team of dentists and hygienists will assess your mouth for signs of gum disease and treat these before they progress too far.
What is Gum Disease and why is prevention important?
Gum disease presents in two stages. In it's most common form, it is known as plaque build-up or gingivitis and can be reversed by maintaining a good oral hygiene routine and twice-yearly visits to the dentist. An advanced form of gum disease is known as periodontitis. This occurs when gingivitis is left untreated and the gums around the tooth become infected. The infection attacks the supporting tissues and bone around the tooth which can lead to irreversible damage - Periodontitis is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults.
Common symptoms of gum disease are red, sore and inflamed gums that may bleed during brushing and begin to recede along the tooth. If you see blood in your saliva when you brush your teeth, this is a good sign that you have gum disease. However, it's possible you may have gum disease with no signs at all. Maintaining a good oral hygiene routine by brushing twice a day and flossing once daily, along with regular dental visits will help you to maintain optimum oral health and prevent gum disease from progressing.
Prevention through early detection is the best way to fight gum disease. Removing plaque is critical in controlling gum disease, because plaque contains bacteria, the plaque then hardens to tartar. Our hygienists are here to show you best practice brushing and flossing techniques to control gum disease.
At Freedom Dental we ensure that we check, monitor and attend to common signs like bleeding or swollen gums, bad breath, loose teeth, teeth drifting and gaps that are appearing between teeth.
If you are concerned about your oral health or if you are showing signs of gum disease, contact our friendly concierge team to book your consultation today. Call 1300 437 333 or for more information click here
*AIHW: Chrisopoulos S, Harford JE & Ellershaw A 2016. Oral health and dental care in Australia: key facts and figures 2015. Cat. no. DEN 229. Canberra: AIHW.