Tooth decay can be a painful experience and dental check-ups can help to pick up small cavities early on, before they become an issue. Did you know that when you attend your regular examination appointments we also screen you for signs of gum disease?
Great gum health is important for your wellbeing, your comfort, your smile, your confidence and quality of life, which is why we love looking after gums at the Sandstone Dental Practice!
What is gum disease?
The first sign of gum disease is inflammation, or gingivitis, which is caused by bacteria in plaque build-up. At this early stage, gingivitis can be diagnosed and treated and no irreversible damage has been caused. If left untreated, this can, in some cases, progress to periodontitis. This is where ‘deep pockets’ form as the gums begin to pull away from the teeth, allowing the bacteria to spread below the gum line.
Sadly this disease is often ‘silent’ so you may not be aware that it is present, sometimes by the time you notice the signs of trouble, such as looseness, movement of teeth or pain, the disease may have progressed to the point where it is difficult for us to treat and to save your teeth. Your dental team can spot and diagnose early signs of gum disease during your regular check-ups.
What should I do about it?
The good news is that gum disease is preventable and treatment is generally effective in controlling the disease.
Persistently bleeding gums are not a healthy sign and generally indicate poor gum health. If you see bleeding, visit your dentist as soon as possible for a check-up, diagnosis and advice.
If you are concerned about your gums or would like some advice, why not come and be cared for by someone who is an expert in their field? The majority of patients need some very simple advice and treatment and our team would be delighted to see anyone who is concerned, no matter how small or big that concern may be.
We have a dedicated team to care for our patients at the very highest level, including a periodontist, who has undergone extensive additional training, in the areas of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease. A periodontist will work collaboratively with a hygienist helping to improve and maintain your oral health to ensure that periodontitis is under control.