When gums bleed, it’s time to take notice. Bleeding when eating, brushing or flossing is often an early warning sign of gum disease. When caught in the very early stages, gingivitis (early gum disease) can often be reversed with the proper professional and at-home care.
At Katoomba Dental Centre, we screen the gum health of every patient to identify the presence of gum disease and organise an appropriate treatment plan to reverse or control it to preserve both teeth and bone – the very foundation of your smile.
Why Periodontal (Gum) Health Is So Important
In addition to preserving teeth and bone inside your mouth, research has linked periodontal disease with a number of serious medical conditions that put the entire body at risk. Diabetes and heart disease, two conditions that are sometimes challenging to control on their own, can be exacerbated by the presence of a gum infection.
While more research is necessary to determine the cause-effect relationship between oral health and systemic illnesses, the inflammatory nature of any infection (including gum disease) compromises the immune system and puts overall health at risk.
Gum Health News for Expecting Mums
If you or your partner are expecting a child, you know the importance of a healthy diet and avoiding common toxins in the home or at work.
Gum disease can sometimes occur for the first time during pregnancy. Pregnancy gingivitis causes puffy, red and painful gums as well as the telltale bleeding that means an infection is present. Hormone fluctuations often impact the health of gums, and any expecting mum will tell you that everything in her body changes.
Gum disease has been linked to low birthweight babies. Our Katoomba dentists are here to do their part to make sure both mum and baby stay healthy.
At our Katoomba dental clinic, we are here to support families through every life stage and all of the changes that can occur with oral health.
Whether that means more frequent dental cleans or close monitoring, we customise your periodontal treatment to meet your current and changing dental health needs for beautiful smiles and overall wellness.