Gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in Sydney. Our dentists always advise our patients to remember their gums when they brush and floss daily for this exact reason.
So why is gum disease so prevalent? If plaque is allowed to harden into calculus (tartar) at or under the gum line, it will irritate the gums. This causes them to become reddened and puffy, and they will bleed easily when you brush and/or floss. If you notice blood on your toothbrush or floss, or if your gums are inflamed and sore, you are most likely experiencing the early stages of gum disease, known as gingivitis.
If gingivitis is left untreated, the gums will continue to be irritated and inflamed and will pucker and shrink away from the teeth. This causes pockets to form between the teeth and the gums, in which bacteria can grow and cause even more problems.
Through scaling and root planing, we can clean away all of the plaque and tartar from your teeth and roots, giving your gums a chance to heal. For more information on these procedures and other gum disease treatments, call our office at 02 9241 2038 or submit a convenient online contact form. One of our dentists or expert staff members will be with you as soon as possible.