Brushing and flossing at home is a great way to keep your teeth and gums healthy, but not all of the build-up on your teeth can be removed this way. Over time your teeth and gums can fall victim to tartar from hardened plaque and this can only be removed by a dental practitioner at a dental practice.
The longer plaque and tartar are left on your teeth, the more vulnerable you are to infection in your gums. This is because plaque and tartar is a physical product of harmful bacteria.
Periodontal treatment takes care to remove the tartar and plaque deposits, smoothing the surfaces and cleansing the cracks and crevices using a method called scaling.
By de-scaling your teeth around the gums, periodontal treatment is able to combat the early stages of gingivitis and periodontal disease.
If you notice your gums have been bleeding or looking discoloured and inflamed, you could be suffering from gingivitis! Don’t be alarmed though, by booking in an appointment for periodontal and with the help from our professional team here at Family Dental Clinic – West End you can combat your symptoms in as easy as one sitting every 6-12 months.
What happens if your symptoms are left untreated?
Symptoms of gingivitis include:
- Red, swollen and tended gums
- Bleeding when you brush and floss
- Bad breath
- Bad taste in the mouth
As these can be pretty common symptoms to some patients, it’s important to book in and have a check-up so your dentist can assess the extent to which your gums are damaged.
Patients with more severe cases can develop periodontal disease (periodontitis) – where the gums recede and the jaw bone becomes badly damaged. This can cause more serious problems as periodontitis develops, leading to loosening of your teeth and eventually tooth loss.
Losing teeth is often an embarrassing and expensive outcome that can be easily avoided with general maintenance and preventative measures! If you have recently or are currently suffering from any of the above symptoms, it’s important that you call us at the Family Dental Clinic – West End in West End today, and get your gums treated and your teeth scaled and cleaned as soon as possible.
Not only can this combat your symptoms at the source, but it will leave your mouth feeling refreshed and spotless, often greatly improving the appearance of your smile!