Through regular care, gum/periodontal disease and tooth decay can be prevented. This reduces the likelihood of more extensive dental treatments in future years.
An appointment with our dental hygienist will include a detailed diagnostic assessment for periodontal disease, including evaluation of pocketing, bleeding and bone loss. As our practice is fully computerized, the results of all charts can easily be compared earlier results, allowing tracking progress of disease easily and efficiently.
Our dentists and hygienists work closely with the local specialist periodontist and can facilitate referrals if required.
Hygiene treatment may include:
- Treatment of gum inflammation and gum/periodontal disease
- Teeth and gum cleaning
- Teeth scaling and polishing
- Removal of surface staining
- Teeth/gum/oral hygiene training
- Fresh breath treatments
- Dietary advice
- Tooth whitening treatments
- Risk assessment for decay, erosion and wear
- Regular maintenance appointments to help you maintain optimum dental health.
There are significant Significant Health Implications related to periodontal disease:
Research now shows a clear link between periodontal disease and the following medical conditions. In many cases, serious consequences can arise in at risk patients with periodontal disease.
- Cardiovascular disease risk, with increased risk of stroke and heart attack.
- Premature birth with low birth weight babies.
- Uncontrolled diabetes in adult diabetics.
- Increased risk of pneumonia, particularly in elderly patients.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
If you have unhealthy gums you may notice one or more of the following:
- Blood or pus coming from your gums
- Gums looking red or spongy
- Experiencing loose or missing teeth
- Bad breath
- No pain! – gum disease can be silent.