Many things can cause gum disease but the most common ones include smoking, pregnancy and puberty, stress, medication side effects, poor nutrition, poor dental hygiene and other diseases.
Periodontitis is advanced gum disease that occurs when gingivitis is not treated immediately by dental professionals.
Preventing gum disease is often as simple as cleaning your teeth and the area where the gum meets the tooth daily.
Flossing also helps, as it can remove hard to reach plaque.
The best way to prevent gum disease is to get regular check-ups from your dentist, as they can provide you with a detailed update on your dental state and provide the best solution for any problem you may have.
The best treatment for gum disease is to see your dentist and get professional treatment.
A dentist can conduct a deep clean of your teeth and gums, using special instruments to ensure all plaque is removed.
Dentists can also perform a process called scaling, which involves scraping tartar off from both above and below the gum line.
This can help reattach the gum to your tooth for late-stage gum disease.
Other methods include medication, antibiotic gels, enzyme suppressants, antibiotics, or surgery for extreme cases.
Please see your dentist for the best solution for your case.
To aid the healing process, make sure to brush your teeth gently with a soft-bristle toothbrush, twice a day.
Avoiding brushing the affected areas to prevent pain and bleeding will only make things worse!
If you think you have gum disease, the best thing you can do will always be to see your dentist for professional treatment.
Leaving gum disease too late can cause irreversible damage, and you may need to look into getting tooth implants.
If you’d like more information on gum disease treatment, gum infection or sore and swollen gums, call our experts today on 02 9025 7660.
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Dr. Manish Shah is a cosmetic dentist with a special interest in porcelain veneers, dental implants and Invisalign in Sydney. He is also a medical doctor with an expertise in sleep & craniofacial pain medicine practising at Smile Concepts.