Over the age of 30, your teeth are more at risk from gum disease than tooth decay, however tooth loss is not the inevitable result of ageing.
Gingivitis is a superficial inflammation of the gums around the teeth, while periodontal disease occurs when the bone below the gums becomes involved. Pain does not occur until the condition is very advanced.
What are the warning signs?
- Bleeding gums when you brush your teeth
- Bad breath or bad taste in your mouth
- Red swollen gums
- Gums that are receding
- Sensitive teeth
- Loose teeth and moving teeth
These signs may be completely camouflaged by smoking. Some medical conditions such as diabetes also accelerate the disease.
What can you do?
- Remove plaque by thorough cleaning every day
- Regularly visit your dentist
- Check your teeth and gums for any of the warning signs
- Cease smoking as this massively increases the chances of losing teeth
Treatment of periodontal disease should not be postponed as the disease will not cure itself.
Long term success can be achieved with treatment by your Periodontist or general dentist, careful oral hygiene and regular monitoring.
If you are concerned that you may be suffering from periodontal disease, contact us on 3350 4344 to schedule a specialist periodontal consultation. No referral necessary.
they’re your teeth – KEEP THEM!