It’s something we’re all aware of but how many of us really do pay as much attention to the wellbeing of our gums as we do our teeth?
At Dentist@330 we’re on a mission to educate all of our patients about the necessity of looking after their gums – put simply this is a scenario where prevention is definitely much better than cure.
Your gums and the bone that lies beneath are the foundation on which a healthy mouth is created. If issues are left unchecked they can lead to unpleasant, painful and extremely hard-to-treat oral problems. Preventive dentistry, as the name suggests, is taking steps to ensure that problems such as cavities and periodontal (gum) disease don’t arise in the first place – and combating this begins at home.
By brushing and flossing your teeth daily you are making a stand against oral infection as both these actions remove some of the plaque that builds up along your gum line. Plaque build-up is a breeding ground for bacteria which can result in gingivitis (inflamed gums) – which can develop into periodontal disease. However, simply brushing your teeth two or three times a day is not enough and it is crucial that you visit your dentist on a regular basis for a thorough cleaning too.
If you’re looking for a reputable gum disease treatment practice in Melbourne, our Mount Waverley surgery will be able to diagnose and treat any issues you have. If you think you may need gum infection treatment we will give you a complete diagnosis then commence with the correct periodontal procedure. This normally consists of deep scale cleaning and a review of your condition. We will also offer friendly and practical advice on oral hygiene. In some scenarios surgical treatment may be required – which is why we cannot stress enough how important it is to look after your gums.
Plaque and Tartar
You know that slightly furry feeling when your teeth aren’t clean? That’s plaque. Plaque is a soft coating which is created by the food you eat and your own saliva. Not only does it look unsightly but it also contains bacteria and acids that can destroy the enamel on your teeth. This in turn weakens them and makes them more susceptible to cavities and infections.
As mentioned, daily brushing and flossing will remove some plaque but that which your brush misses will build up over time and harden to form calculus, or tartar. The bad news? Brushing at home won’t remove tartar; it needs to be removed by a dentist or hygienist using specialist tools.
The Teeth Cleaning Process
Your dentist will remove large build-ups of tartar using an ultrasonic instrument that emits vibrations – don’t worry it’s nowhere near as scary as it sounds! During this process water will be misted into your mouth to wash away the loosened tartar. Next your dentist will gently scrape the remaining tartar away and then apply a cleaning paste to your teeth. After this you’ll be given a tooth polish that will leave you with a shiny set of pearly whites that are as good as new.
If you’re suffering from gingivitis the cleaning process will include the application of a numbing agent to your gums to prevent any unnecessary pain. Your dentist will then remove all of the tartar to limit the likelihood of the gingivitis from turning into a more serious periodontal disease.
If it’s only your gum line that’s inflamed, you can prevent it from worsening by sticking to a proper oral hygiene routine at home, as well as visiting your dentist for regular cleaning appointments. To be extra sure that you’re eliminating the infection plus any nasty bacteria you can also gargle with a microbial rinse after brushing.
Your dentist may wish you to undergo an x-ray or further examination and if your gum disease shows no sign of abating, further dental procedures will likely be necessary.
If your gingivitis is left untreated it may cause periodontitis, a serious gum infection which results in the area around the tooth becoming inflamed. This is definitely something that you want to avoid at all costs. The disease damages the tissues and bones that support your teeth and over time the bone around the infected teeth will gradually disappear.
If left untreated periodontitis will cause your teeth to fall out and can even increase the risk of having a stroke or a heart attack. Plaque contaminated with bacteria is the most common cause of periodontal disease – which means that the condition can be blamed on poor oral hygiene.
Inflamed gums, bleeding gums and receding gum treatment; Melbourne residents suffering from these painful ailments have the best chance of overcoming them at our Mount Waverley practice where we will do our utmost to restore your gums to their former healthy condition.