Gum disease (periodontal disease or periodontitis) is a common problem in Australia. Figures from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare show 15% of people aged 25 to 44 and 35% of the population aged 45 to 64 have moderate or severe periodontitis. This figure increases to more than half the population in those aged over 65. Periodontitis or periodontal disease is a bacterial infection often resulting from poor oral hygiene and which causes inflammation. Without prompt professional dental care,it can destroy gum tissue, ligaments and bone structure supporting the teeth. In severe cases, it can result in tooth loss and may even affect general health.
The early stage of gum disease is called gingivitis and one of the first symptoms is noticing your gums have begun to bleed when you brush or floss or that they look slightly swollen and red. If this has happened to you, please come and see us as soon as you can. At this stage gingivitis is easily treatable and our dentists here at Redcliffe Dental can quickly diagnose this problem and will provide suitable treatments to completely cure gingivitis. Often treatment is as simple as having your teeth professionally cleaned combined with improving your oral care at home.
Periodontitis is a much more serious condition that will often require ongoing dental care. Periodontitis means there has been irreversible damage to the gum and bone surrounding the teeth. By this stage your gums may have significantly receded and you could have other symptoms such as persistent bad breath and an unpleasant taste. Unfortunately there is no cure for periodontal disease other than sound maintenance including professional dental hygiene and cleaning to reduce the severity and progression of the disease. Our hygiene team can provide you with a long-term treatment plan to help prevent and manage this disease.