When people think of a beautiful healthy smile, they often forget that the gums play an equally important role in maintaining that incredible smile. At Complete Smiles Bella Vista, we believe the gums to be just as important as the teeth they hold in place. The gums provide support for the teeth and help in maintaining not only your oral health but your overall health in general.
What are the causes of gum disease?
Gum disease begins as red puffy swollen gums often with bleeding when brushing as an early indicator. Gum disease is also the leading cause for tooth loss in Australia. It begins most commonly with poor oral hygiene leading to a buildup of plaque and bacteria. When this plaque builds up on the teeth, it allows the bacteria to multiply and take hold causing the body to have an inflammatory or bacteria fighting response, leading to the classic red puffy swollen appearance.
Research has linked gum disease to other health related issues such as heart disease, strokes, lung disease and diabetes, so it’s important to maintain good oral health including a regular checkup & clean.
Other influences that can increase the risk of gum disease include pregnancy, diabetes, diet and lifestyle, stress and genetics.
Symptoms of gum disease
If you notice the following symptoms it is advisable you make an appointment to visit our skilled dentists at Complete Smiles Bella Vista so we can assess your condition.
- Bleeding when brushing
- Tender gums
- Red and swollen gums
- Pain when chewing
- Sensitive teeth
- Bad breath
- Loose teeth
- Receding gum line
What’s the difference between gingivitis and periodontitis?
Gingivitis is a term used to describe the early stages of gum disease. This includes inflammation and bleeding of the gums.
While your body fights these bacteria, your gums become seriously affected. Blood flow is decreased, and gum resorption will eventually cause the destruction of the bony support for your teeth. At this stage your gum disease has progressed to a condition known as periodontitis. This can ultimately lead to tooth loss as well as loss of bone in that area.
Now the good news!
When diagnosed early, gum disease is a reversible condition, and your mouth can be restored to total optimum health. For this reason, we recommend you attend regular oral hygiene checkups with our dedicated and highly skilled dentists at Complete Smiles Bella Vista to allow us to check for early signs of gum disease.
Some effective preventative steps to help keep your gums healthy.
The best way to prevent gum disease is to have an active maintenance routine. This includes brushing your teeth twice a day for approximately 2 minutes. Your maintenance routine should also include regular flossing and regular visits to the dentist once every 6 months.
Your regular dental check-up is extremely important as you will receive a professional clean taking away any plaque buildup over this time period. Regular x-rays and a thorough examination will also allow our dentists to keep an eye out for any early signs of gums disease as well as allowing us to be able to advise you where your technique needs improvement.
When you consume sugary or starchy foods and sweetened drinks, the bacteria in your mouth produces acid that attacks your tooth enamel. Saliva is your body’s natural defence to this acid, which is why chewing sugar free gum, rinsing your mouth with water and limiting your frequency of sweet and starchy foods can all be effective ways of preventing dental problems.
Our friendly, highly skilled dentists at Complete Smiles Bella Vista are committed to helping you achieve that healthy long lasting smile that you’ve always wanted. So call us today and begin your journey to a happier healthier smile.