You should be asking, “What is periodontal disease?” if you are suffering pain in the gums or jaw, noticeable swelling or inflammation or gums pulling away from your teeth. Characterised by all of these symptoms and more, periodontal disease is called gingivitis in its early stages. If left untreated, symptoms can become very serious and lead to loose teeth that may fall out.
Periodontal disease generally manifests itself when bacteria in the mouth are left to stew for too long. Gum tissues become angry, swollen and red and may bleed. Bad breath may ensue. Factors that increase the risk of gum disease include smoking, family history and certain medications.
Call Central Brunswick Dental Centre to book an appointment if you have experienced any of the symptoms listed above. Your local dentist will be able to diagnose your condition by inspecting the gum tissue visually and with X-Rays. If there is bone loss around the teeth this can be identified accordingly.
Periodontal disease treatment requires improved oral care and regular professional teeth cleaning. Recommended oral hygiene practice requires daily brushing and flossing. Antibiotics may be recommended to treat gum disease if the patient’s condition is especially severe.
If you or your family need a general check-up or are worried about periodontal disease, please call to make a booking for a consultation with Dr Lawrence or Dr Yu today. Our dentist in Brunswick is open for business Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm. Call us today on 07 3216 1100 to book your first appointment or to schedule a regular check-up with our dentists.