Healthy gums, healthy smile
It’s estimated that 80% of people at some point in their life will experience some form of gum disease. Gum disease – also called periodontal disease – is the result of an infection, which has spread to the gums and tooth roots.
Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease. It is the infection of the gums from bacteria resulting from poor oral hygiene, causing inflammation, gum tenderness and bleeding when brushing and flossing.
When treated early by the Infinity Dental Care team gingivitis can be reversed. It can also be prevented in the future by adopting a thorough oral hygiene routine and attending regular appointments at Infinity Dental Care every six months.
Periodontal disease is a condition that increases in its severity the longer it is left untreated. When gum disease has progressed from gingivitis, it is referred to as periodontitis.
The most common cause of gum disease is plaque, a clear sticky film over the teeth and gums. The bacteria in plaque attacks the gum tissue and tooth enamel, causing both gum disease and tooth decay.
Brushing twice a day (morning after breakfast and night before bed) and flossing will help prevent the build-up of plaque.
There are signs and symptoms that can indicate the development of gum disease and include:
• Swollen and tender gums that bleed when you floss or brush your teeth
• Space that has recently formed between teeth
• Receding gum line that makes your teeth look longer
• Pus between teeth
• Mouth sores
• Constant bad breath
• Changes in how your teeth bite together.
If you experience any of these symptoms you should schedule a check-up appointment with the Infinity Dental Care Winston Hills team. You can call us on (02) 9838 9111 or visit our practice in Winston Hills Mall at 180 Caroline Chisholm Drive, Winston Hills NSW 2153.