Gum Disease in Drummoyne – What is it?
Gum disease refers to the inflammation of the surrounding tissue of your teeth due to the buildup of bacteria. As the disease progresses, you may experience sensitive and wobbly teeth. If the disease progresses, you will risk getting painful infections which will lead to your teeth needing to be extracted.
Do I need Gum Disease Treatment in Drummoyne?
Upon your initial examination, your teeth as well as your gums will be diagnosed by your Dentist in Drummoyne. An xray and a periodontal probe to check the bone levels around the teeth. Our patients will have your gums checked for
- Swelling, bleeding and redness
- Signs of receding gums i.e. being ‘long in the tooth’
- Halitosis or ‘bad breath’
- Painful teeth to biting where the root canal appears to be in tact
- Abnormally sensitive teeth where the dentine (yellow sensitive part of the tooth) begins to show
Gum Disease in Drummoyne – Causes
As we eat and function everyday, we harbour billions of bacteria in our mouths. Our mouth is a perfect ecosystem complete with the nutrients and undisturbed pockets underneath our gums. Overtime, the calcium will harden the plaque and form tartar. Unfortunately this cannot be cleaned and you will need to visit your dentist every 6 months to get it removed.
The bacteria will continually release toxins which cause your gums to recede and allow more space for the bacteria to grow along your tooth roots. This vicious cycle continues until your gums can not hold your teeth anymore and your teeth need to be taken out.
There are some situations where a person would be more likely to develop gum disease and require gum disease treatment. Our Drummoyne patients should be aware of the following:
- When you do not floss or brush regularly, the bacteria will build up much faster and cause more damage in between dental visits. Therefore we urge you to brush twice a day and floss once a day at least. Bleeding gums during brushing is a tell tale sign of gum disease.
- If you are a smoker, you are increasing your chance of getting gum disease. Therefore you are also increasing the chance that your teeth will fall out. Due to the way the cigarette smoke interacts with your body, your gums will not bleed as much which masks the inflammation of your gums. Therefore, even if you do not experience bleeding, you are still at greater risk of gum issues.
- If you are pregnant, the pregnancy hormones will begin to cause inflammation of your gums especially during the second trimester. You may be tempted to avoid brushing due to your morning sickness and being extra sensitive to certain stimuli. Some steps you can take are: talking to your dentist before becoming pregnant, avoiding an unhealthy diet and making sure you take care of your teeth with brushing and flossing.