Sore and Swollen Gums
If you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease, or if you have signs of this condition, you are not alone. It is estimated that as many as 20 to 50 per cent of adults around the world suffer from periodontal disease or its precursor, gingivitis.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease means multiple infections of the periodontal ligaments and tissues that support your teeth. When inflammation and infection set in, you risk losing your teeth. And this condition can also compromise your body wellness—affecting your heart and other systems.
Signs of Periodontal Disease
In the gingivitis stage, you may not notice any symptoms, which is why preventive dental check-ups and teeth cleans are so important. Your dentist can easily spot the signs of gingivitis during your dental exam. Preventive teeth cleans may also lower your risk for developing gingivitis and periodontal disease.
Symptoms of periodontal disease include:
- Bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth
- Bleeding gums, especially when brushing and flossing
- Gum redness or swelling
- Periodic or ongoing toothaches or sensitivity
- An elongated appearance to teeth due to gum recession and pocketing
- Loose teeth
You do not have to have all the symptoms to be diagnosed with periodontal disease, which is why it’s crucial to contact your dentist if you notice oral health changes between dental visits. Dental health symptoms can mimic one another as well. For example, you may have a root infection as opposed to periodontal disease.
Periodontal Disease Treatment
Your dentist will provide a treatment plan that addresses your specific level of periodontal disease. Treatments may include specialised teeth cleanings in our dental clinic—cleanings that treat above and below the gumline. These are gentle treatments designed to help restore you to better oral health.
A member of our team provides a schedule for these cleanings, and whenever possible, we try to work these treatments into timeframes that work with your lifestyle and personal commitments.
We may also recommend a specific at-home routine as well. This means brushing and flossing more often or in a way that may be more conducive to gum and tooth health. In some cases, we may offer nutritional guidance and recommend lifestyle changes like quitting smoking.
Contact our Team for an Appointment
At Orange Family Dental, we hold no judgments. We simply want to help you through periodontal disease comfortably and compassionately.
If you have not been to the dentist in a while, or if you’re concerned about the state of your teeth and gums, we are here to offer support and treatment.
We proudly serve patients in Orange, Bathurst, Dubbo and Cowra and other surrounding areas.