Gum Disease Treatment

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Examining and treatment for Gum Disease by a dentist is essential is you want to maintain good oral health and a good presentation of your teeth.

Allure Dental is a trusted family dentist based in the northern suburbs of Perth, and we can provide you with excellent general dentistry including effective treatment of gum disease and it’s symptoms.

Book an appointment with Dr Michael or Dr Ian online today 

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a common condition that affects the tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth. 

It is primarily caused by the accumulation of plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that forms on the teeth. This is preventable and can be treated with good dentistry.

There are two main stages of gum disease:

Gingivitis: The first stage of gum disease is gingivitis. It is characterised by inflammation of the gums. Symptoms may include redness, swelling, and bleeding during brushing or flossing. 

Gingivitis is usually reversible with good oral hygiene practices, such as regular brushing, flossing, and professional dental cleanings.

Periodontitis: If gingivitis is left untreated, it can progress to periodontitis. Periodontitis is a more severe form of gum disease. 

With periodontitis, the inflammation extends deeper into the supporting structures of the teeth, including the bone. This can lead to gum recession, pockets forming between the teeth and gums, and even tooth loss. Periodontitis requires professional intervention from a dentist or periodontist.

What Causes Gum Disease?

Risk factors for gum disease include poor oral hygiene, smoking, diabetes, hormonal changes (such as those during pregnancy or menopause), certain medications, and genetic predisposition. 

Additionally, conditions that weaken the immune system can increase the risk of developing gum disease.

Prevention and management of gum disease involve maintaining good oral hygiene practices, including regular brushing, flossing, and professional dental cleanings. 

Quitting smoking, managing systemic conditions like diabetes, and addressing any risk factors are also important for preventing and controlling gum disease.

If you suspect you have gum disease or are experiencing symptoms such as bleeding gums, persistent bad breath, or changes in the appearance of your gums, it’s crucial to book an appointment with Allure Dental.


Gum Disease Treatment Options

The treatment for gum disease depends on the severity of the condition. In the early stages, such as gingivitis, treatment is often focused on improving oral hygiene practices. 

In more advanced stages like periodontitis, professional dental intervention may be necessary. Here are common treatments for gum disease:

  • Improved Oral Hygiene:
    • Regular brushing: Brush your teeth at least twice a day using fluoride toothpaste.
    • Flossing: Clean between your teeth with dental floss or interdental brushes to remove plaque from areas that your toothbrush might miss.
    • Antiseptic mouthwash: Rinse with an antiseptic or antibacterial mouthwash to help reduce bacteria.

  • Professional Dental Cleanings:
    • Dental scaling and root planing: This is a deep cleaning procedure performed by a dentist or dental hygienist. It involves removing plaque and tartar from above and below the gumline and smoothing the tooth roots to help prevent bacteria buildup.

  • Medications:
    • Antibiotics: In some cases, antibiotics may be prescribed to control bacterial infections associated with gum disease.
    • Antiseptic or antimicrobial mouth rinses: These may be recommended to reduce bacteria and promote healing.

  • Surgical Procedures:
    • Flap surgery/pocket reduction surgery: In advanced cases of periodontitis, it may be necessary to perform surgery to reduce pocket depths and make it easier to keep the teeth clean.
    • Bone grafts or tissue grafts: These procedures may be used to regenerate bone or gum tissue that has been lost due to advanced gum disease.

It’s important to note that gum disease is a chronic condition, and ongoing maintenance is crucial for long-term success. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings, along with maintaining good oral hygiene practices at home, can help prevent the recurrence of gum disease and its progression to more severe stages. 

If you suspect you have gum disease, it’s essential to consult with us at Allure Dental for a proper diagnosis and personalised treatment plan.


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