General Dentistry

A proper oral hygiene routine is the key to keeping your natural teeth for life.

One of the best ways to maintain your oral health is to visit our Sydney Dental Practice in Ramsgate Beach near Rockdale and Kogarah every 6 months for a professional clean and a general dental check-up. During these check-ups, Dr Rammo will assess the health of your teeth, gums and oral tissues to diagnose problems in their early stages of development.

For example: gingivitis is easy to treat. A trip to the dentist and keeping up with your regular oral hygiene regime of brushing and flossing will enable you to prevent or get rid of gingivitis—depending on the underlying cause. However, if gingivitis progresses to periodontitis, that is a whole other story.

Periodontitis is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults…

With periodontitis the inner layer of the gum and bone pull away from the teeth and form pockets that collect debris and become infected. A combination of this infection and your body’s attempt to fight the infection build up and start to break down the tissue holding your teeth in place.

The symptoms of periodontal disease are often subtle, but the condition is not without warning signs. Symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Persistent bad breath or bad taste in the mouth
  • Receding gums
  • Red, swollen or tender gums
  • Changes in the way the teeth fit together upon biting down
  • Changes in the fit of partial dentures
  • Gums that bleed during and after tooth brushing
  • Formation of deep pockets between teeth and gums
  • Loose or shifting teeth

Gum disease has been linked to:

  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Heart attack/heart disease
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Dementia/ Alzheimer’s
  • Premature birth

The link between gum disease and the above mentioned is thought to be because of inflammation and high levels of bacteria associated with periodontal disease. But for many of the conditions the link is tenuous and research is still being conducted as to the exact nature of the relationship.

Visiting Dr Rammo at justSMILE every six months can be the difference between needing preventive dentistry and needing cosmetic dentistry like crowns, bridges, dental implants or onlays and inlays.