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Periodontics Parramatta

We can perform a deep cleanse of your teeth and gums to prevent and treat gum disease.

Periodontics in Parramatta

Services

  • Consultation & Advice
  • Assessment and Management of Gum Disease
  • Personalised Oral Care

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease (or Periodontal disease) is infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth. It is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. Because gum disease is usually painless, you may not know you have it.

Gum disease is caused by plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that is constantly forming on our teeth. The early stage of gum disease is called Gingivitis. If you have gingivitis, your gums may become red, swollen and bleed easily. At this stage, the disease is still reversible and can usually be eliminated by a professional clean at our dental office, followed by daily brushing and flossing.

Advanced gum disease is called Periodontitis. The bacterial infection can develop into pockets or gaps between the tooth and its surrounding gums and bone. It can lead to the loss of tissue and bone that support the teeth and it may become more severe over time. If it does, your teeth will feel loose and start moving around in your mouth. This is the most common form of periodontitis in adults but can occur at any age. It usually gets worse slowly, but there can be periods of rapid progression.

Here are some warning signs of Gum Disease:

  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Red, swollen, tender gums
  • Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
  • Persistent bad breath or bad taste
  • Permanent teeth that are loose or separating
  • Any change in the fit of partial dentures

Some factors increase the risk of developing gum disease. They are:

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Crooked teeth that are hard to keep clean
  • Genetics
  • Pregnancy
  • Diabetes
  • Medications, including steroids, certain types of anti-epilepsy drugs, cancer therapy drugs, and oral contraceptives

It is possible to have gum disease and have no warning signs. That is one reason why regular dental check ups and periodontal examinations are very important. Our Dental Hygienist and Dentists on site are highly skilled in detecting and treating gum disease. Treatment methods depend upon the type of disease and how far the condition has progressed. We also provide personalised oral care to help you maintain healthy teeth and gums and prevent periodontal disease from getting worse or recurring.

Keep in Mind

You don’t have to lose teeth to gum disease. Brush your teeth twice a day, clean between your teeth daily, eat a balanced diet and schedule regular dental visits for a lifetime of healthy smiles.

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