Brushing your teeth at least twice a day, and flossing every day can prevent gum disease. We advise patients to brush their teeth for at least two to three minutes at a time, and use a quality mouthwash. Avoiding other risk factors such as smoking, alcohol, and sugary foods can also help. Keeping up with your regular check-ups ensures that plaque is being removed properly and in its entirety.
Make sure you are doing everything you can to protect yourself against gum disease. Contact us and schedule your next appointment now!
Preventing Gum Disease
Taking a proactive approach to oral health is essential if you want healthy gums. We recommend all our patients brush their teeth and floss regularly to prevent tooth decay and gum disease, and maintain good oral health.
What Is the Cause of Gum Disease?
Gum disease develops when plaque remains on the teeth and gums. The bacteria that is naturally present in the mouth forms plaque when it combines with saliva and food particles.
This plaque creates a sticky film that clings to your teeth and remains at the base of the gum line. If this plaque is not removed, it inflames the gums and leads to tooth decay. As gum disease advances, it can increase your risk for developing serious health conditions such as respiratory infections and heart disease.
Stages of Gum Disease
Gum disease has two different stages, known as gingivitis and periodonditis. Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease and is characterised by swelling, redness, and irritation. If you have bleeding gums after you brush your teeth, or you notice that you have a receding gum line, these are often signs of gingivitis.
In contrast, periodontitis is the advanced form of gum disease that occurs when gingivitis goes untreated. It causes the gum line to recede from the tooth, and creates pockets within the gums. These pockets eventually house bacteria, which attack the tissues and bones around the teeth. As a result, teeth may loosen up in affected areas of the mouth, and may fall out.
Gosford Family Dentist Accreditation
We are proud to announce that Gosford Family Dentist has been awarded a Quality Innovation Performance accreditation from one of Australia’s premier healthcare accreditation organisations for dental practices.
Earning QIP’s independent accreditation means that we have policies and procedures in place that meet the requirements of governing industry standards and are committed to providing our patients with professional, safe and quality oral care.
To find out more about our accreditation visit the QIP website www.qip.com.au.