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Gum Disease in Coopers Plains – Why It’s Such A Big Deal

Did you know that gum disease is one of the main reasons for tooth loss in adults? We regularly see patients with gum disease in Coopers Plains and yet the truth is that it can be easily prevented.

Gums should naturally be a pale pink colour and if they bleed when you brush your teeth, then you should be concerned. This could be an indication that you have gum disease, so you should visit your dentist for advice right away.

If you’re suffering from swollen or bleeding gums then our compassionate dentist is here to help. Book an appointment with the Sure Smile Dental team today.

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Gum Disease – What Causes It?

Sure Smile Dental treats gum disease, in Coopers Plains, applying a high standard of dental care. Gum disease is in effect an infection or inflammation of the soft tissues (gums) that hold your teeth in position. It’s caused by bacteria contained within plaque – a sticky substance made from leftover food particles and saliva.

In its early stages, gingivitis – the medical term for the early stage of gum disease – can be reversed by improving your oral care regime. However, ignoring it will only make matters worse since the disease will progress into a more serious form of gum disease known as periodontitis.

Periodontitis (or advanced gum disease) can over time cause bone deterioration which, in turn, can cause teeth to loosen and eventually fall out. Perhaps more worrying is that periodontitis has also been linked with other serious medical conditions including heart disease and strokes.

Gum Disease Treatment in Coopers Plains – What’s Involved?

Whenever possible, our caring gentle dentists aim for a non-invasive approach to gum disease treatment. When treating gingivitis, for example, this can be achieved by a simple scale and clean to remove any hardened plaque (known as tartar) from the surface of the teeth and below the gumline.

If the disease has advanced further (periodontal disease) our dentists have several other methods they can call on. These include:

  • A deeper clean of the teeth known as scaling and root planing (SRP) – This is a process whereby hardened plaque located either above or below the gum line is first removed. Then, the tooth root is carefully smoothed so that any further disease-causing bacteria can’t reattach itself.
  • Gum grafting to cover exposed roots due to gum recession
  • Gum pocket reduction
  • Other regenerative procedures such as bone grafting to replace lost bone tissue.

To find out more about gum disease treatment and how Sure Smile Dental, our Coopers Plains dentist, can help you achieve optimum oral health, contact our highly experienced team for a consultation.

Frequently asked questions

Are the results of gum disease treatment permanent?
Gum disease can come back at any time, particularly if you slide back into old habits of not brushing and flossing your teeth thoroughly. This is why attending general check-up and cleaning appointments is so important and will help to keep your teeth and gums healthy. As a rule, you can extend the results of gum disease treatment in Coopers Plains by keeping good oral habits!
What are the risk factors for gum disease?
There are several risk factors for gum disease in Coopers Plains and surrounding areas’ patients, which include:

  • Smoking
  • Ageing
  • Genetics
  • Bruxism
  • Poor nutrition
  • Obesity
  • Systemic diseases such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and cardiovascular disease

For high-quality caring family dental care, book an appointment with Sure Smile Dental, your dentist in Coopers Plains today.

For high-quality caring family dental care, book an appointment with Sure Smile Dental,
your dentist in Coopers Plains today.