Periodontal (Gum) Disease
Our New Lambton, NSW dentists are dedicated to the health of your teeth and gums. As part of that commitment, they work hard to halt the progress of periodontal disease and restore you to better health. When periodontal or gum disease is left untreated, it may lead to tooth loss and, according to some studies, systematic health problems.
At New Lambton Family Dental, our team is dedicated to seeing you through this diagnosis.
Periodontal Disease and You
Gum disease is an infection of the tissues surrounding your teeth—the gums and periodontal ligaments.
The following may contribute to periodontal disease:
- Oral hygiene neglect
- Lack of exams and cleans
- Genetic factors may also play a role
Preventive dentistry plays an important part in lowering your risk for gum disease.
Stubborn plaque that cannot be cleared away by brushing and flossing alone hardens into tartar. This requires professional dental cleans by skilled hygienists. If dental cleans are skipped, tartar can lead to pocketing in the gums where bacteria can collect and lead to periodontal disease and the associated bone loss that can cause your natural teeth and even your restorations to fail.
Periodontal disease symptoms may include one or more of the following:
- Tooth pain
- Loose teeth
- Gum pain
- Gum redness
- Gum swelling
- Bleeding gums
- Gum recession
- Bad breath
Periodontal Disease and Your Overall Wellness
Researchers continue to link periodontal disease to other health conditions, which makes sense when you consider that infections can spread and affect your immune system.
Studies show links between periodontal disease and the following:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Certain types of cancer
- Heart disease
- Low birth weight in babies
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Treating periodontal disease is a good step toward preventing other potential health problems.
Periodontal Disease Treatment in New Lambton, NSW
Gum disease begins as gingivitis. In this stage, our dentists may be able to reverse the state of your oral health, but when gingivitis crosses into periodontal disease, a treatment plan is our recommended course to save your teeth and your health.
Deep dental cleaning and a routine maintenance programme in our dental clinic (and at home) are designed to control the infection and keep you smiling and pain-free while we keep the infection under control.
One of our New Lambton, NSW dentists will create a custom treatment plan based on your symptoms and the progression of your periodontal disease.
Periodontal Disease Requires Special Care
If you have not been to the dentist in a while—and you’re showing signs of periodontal disease—don’t hesitate to give our dental clinic a call. Our team holds no judgments, and our dentists will gently but diligently help ease the symptoms and halt the progress of your periodontal disease.
At New Lambton Family Dental, we only want you to feel better so you can live your best life.