Healthy gums are the foundation for the lasting health of your teeth and smile.
Three in every four adults over the age of 35 have some form of Gum Disease, making it a surprisingly common problem across our general population.
Gum Disease is easily preventable but many people go through life unaware of its presence. Regular dental Check-Ups and Teeth Cleaning help identify and eliminate Gum Disease in its earliest stages.
If left untreated, Gum Disease can result in the deterioration of structures supporting your teeth, and with time can lead to the loosening, mobility and eventual loss of affected teeth.
The effects of Gum Disease are not just limited to your mouth, but has also been linked to a number of significant health related issues such as heart disease, strokes, lung disease and diabetes.
At Profilo° Dental we approach your dental and medical health with equal importance, and we spend time educating you on how to keep your mouth a healthy space.
Why choose Profilo° Dental to treat Gum Disease?
Our core focus at Profilo° Dental is on preventative dental care. The simplest way to keep your smile healthy is with good oral hygiene, and 6-monthly Check-Ups and Teeth Cleaning with our dentists.
If you have a number of dental issues that require treatment, we can put together a plan that addresses your most important ones first, so you can complete your dental care in stages if this works best for you.
We appreciate that quality dental care does not come for free, which is why we are doing what we can to break down the barriers to expert preventative dental care.
No-Gap Dental Care: We provide No Gap Check-Ups, Teeth Cleaning, and X-Rays for everyone with private dental health cover, no matter which health fund you are with.
Bulk-Billing Dental Care: We Bulk Bill or No Gap our expert dental care for all children and teenagers we treat under the Medicare Child Dental Care Benefits Scheme.
Payment Plans: We offer interest-free payment plans so you can get started with any treatment you need straight away, and spread the cost out over easy to manage repayments.
Gum Disease FAQs
Here are the answers to some of the most common questions we get about Gum Disease.
1. What is Dental Plaque?
Dental plaque is a soft, furry layer that forms on your teeth and gums, and contains millions of bacteria. It is easy to remove with daily brushing and flossing of your teeth and gums.
Plaque that is not removed will harden over time into a substance called tartar or calculus. This can't be dislodged with regular brushing or flossing, and can only be removed with professional Teeth Cleaning.
2. What is Gingivitis?
Healthy gums are firm and light pink in colour. If plaque isn't removed from teeth, the bacteria within plaque release toxins that cause gums to become red and inflamed.
Inflammation of the gums is called Gingivitis and is the first stage of Gum Disease. This can be easily prevented with regular tooth brushing and flossing, but left untreated will lead to Periodontal Disease.
We recommend regular check-ups and Teeth Cleaning appointments, to assess the health of your gums and oral hygiene, and discuss ways to improve your brushing and flossing techniques.
3. What is Periodontal Disease?
Gingivitis is completely reversible with good oral hygiene and expert dental care, but if left untreated will progress to a more severe form of Gum Disease called Periodontitis.
Attempts by your immune system to eliminate plaque and bacteria in your mouth causes the destruction of bone and gum tissue supporting your teeth, leading to gum recession and the eventual loss of teeth.
Treatment of periodontal disease usually requires lifelong maintenance including regular brushing and interdental cleaning (flossing), and regular check-ups by a dentist, hygienist or specialist periodontist.
4. What are the signs of Gum Disease?
1. Gums that bleed when brushing or flossing
2. Gums that are tender or uncomfortable
3. Gums that look red or swollen
4. An unpleasant taste or odour in your mouth
5. Teeth that are sensitive to hot and cold
6. Teeth that feel like they are moving
7. Teeth that look longer due to receding gums
8. Spaces developing between your teeth
9. Change in your bite due to your tooth moving
5. What can contribute to Gum Disease?
This is a list of factors that don't cause Gum Disease but make you more susceptible to it. Controlling these will reduce your risk of Gum Disease.
2. Hormonal changes (eg. pregnancy)
5. Poor nutrition
7. Poor oral hygiene
8. Treatment Options
9. Poorly shaped dental fillings that make teeth cleaning difficult
10. Crowded teeth that make teeth cleaning difficult
6. How can Gum Disease be treated?
Brushing and interdental cleaning- usually flossing to remove plaque and prevent tarter build up
Regular dental teeth cleaning
Bacteria that isn't removed from brushing and flossing forms a hard substance called tartar. Usual oral hygiene practices can't remove this, and professional cleaning is the only way to treat Gum Disease.
A build-up of bacteria on the root surfaces of your teeth, may require treatment with root planing. This makes the surfaces of your tooth roots smooth, so bacteria finds it more difficult to stick to them.
These can sometimes be used together with teeth cleaning and root planing, and can be of benefit when treating more advanced stages of periodontal disease.
Cases of advanced periodontal disease may require surgical treatment, to gain access to the root surfaces of affected teeth, and to properly clean below the gum line.