Periodontal disease, also called gum disease, is a severe condition of the tissues and ligaments that support your teeth.
Your Katoomba dentist recommends prevention to lower your risks for gum disease, but if you do develop it, we can help with treatments.
How Gum Disease Starts
Gum disease starts as gingivitis. If you have gingivitis, you may notice bleeding gums, tooth pain, and an elongated appearance to your teeth. The latter results from gum recession as gingivitis progresses to gum disease.
Your dentist can successfully treat and cure gingivitis, but periodontitis is more severe and requires ongoing treatments.
Potential Complications of Gum Disease
Without treatment from your dentist, gum disease can progress and cause tooth loss. Additionally, some studies have linked the condition to heart problems and issues with the lungs. It may also be associated with Alzheimer’s disease and lowered birth weight in infants.
Your dentist can significantly lower your risks for complications and save your smile.
Gum Disease Treatment in Katoomba
Gum disease treatment may include:
- Recommended lifestyle changes, including stopping tobacco use
- A specific oral care plan for at-home
- Scaling and planing to reduce infection and inflammation below the gumline
Lowering Your Gum Disease Risks
When it comes to lowering your risks for gum disease, prevention is the best course. So you should schedule regular visits with your dentist for exams and cleans. It’s also crucial to brush and floss daily and according to your dentist’s recommendations.
Other lifestyle habits like smoking can interfere with healing as we treat your gum disease and even increase your risks for developing the condition.
For Gum Disease Treatment, We Are Here for You
If you suspect gingivitis or gum disease or haven’t had a dental visit in a while, we encourage you to book a check-up and teeth clean with one of our dentists today.