Is Your Smile Safe?

25/03/2014

The causes and symptoms of tooth decay

A problem called periodontitis could be lurking in your mouth, causing your gums to recede

making your gums inflamed and resulting in tooth decay… Luckily we offer laser gum disease treatment for comfortable and effective relief.

Gum disease is a condition that worsens over time if untreated. The initial stage of gum disease is gingivitis which is the treatable stage of this condition that hasn’t quite progressed to full-blown gum disease. The symptoms during this time include inflamed gums which may feel sensitive and appear red. You may also have severe tartar around the edges of the gum line which is caused by plaque and bacteria. While not all cases of gingivitis progress to periodontitis, periodontitis is always preceded by gingivitis.

Causes for Gingivitis and Gum Disease

As well as a lack of general oral hygiene being the leading cause for gum disease, plaque and tooth decay there are other more specific risk factors that can endanger the health of your smile. Take a look at our dental infographic below to discover what you are doing (or not doing) to put yourself at risk of gum disease and gingivitis.

Gum Disease Risk Factors

I have tartar… does that mean I have gum disease?

No that doesn’t necessarily mean you have gum disease. While tartar and yellowish plaque can be a symptom of gum disease it doesn’t necessarily mean that you are suffering from it. The best way to find out is to visit Dr Rammo at justSMILE in Ramsgate. He will perform a thorough evaluation of your smile and will recommend the best solution. Regardless of whether you think your tartar could be a symptom of gum disease, if you do have tartar (which is permanent unless removed by a dentist) it is imperative that you get it removed as soon as possible. If you fail to do this then you could put yourself at risk of further problems such as gum disease, decay and even tooth loss.

If I do have gum disease what treatments are available?

Periodontitis (gum disease) is a condition that is impossible to reverse, although the effects can be minimised effectively with laser dentistry.

What are the benefits of laser dentistry or laser gum disease treatment?

Laser Gum Disease

As you can see there are a number of benefits to the laser treatment of gum disease. Lasers can be used for a number of bacterial and fungal applications. They can be used to treat fungal conditions of the nails and now it can also be used to kill bacteria in the mouth to minimise inflammation and the risk of periodontal pockets. These pockets form in between the teeth below the gum line. This can decay the tooth and also cause your gums to recede which can eventually expose the delicate roots. If you do not have your gum disease treated with our laser, and resiliently clean your mouth by flossing and brushing then it is likely that you will eventually lose teeth. This can be extremely expensive and uncomfortable as you will require dental surgery.

Is laser gum disease treatment more effective than oral hygiene?

Laser gum disease treatment is a more thorough way to get rid of bacteria in the mouth. Instead of relying on human error to clean your mouth of bacteria, the laser will treat the entire area, and even get into the impossible to reach places. This is why we firmly recommend laser treatment for periodontitis so that you do not risk the health or appearance of your smile.

Where can I find you?

justSMILE is located in Ramsgate Beach near Kogorah and Rockdale which is located close to the Sutherland Shire in Sydney. We’re conveniently located near a number of bus routes so that you can easily access our coastal location.

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To book an appointment please call us on 02 8417 2962 or BOOK ONLINE.

 

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