Periodontal (Gum) Treatments
With each passing year, research uncovers more links between oral health and overall health. The consensus is that maintaining periodontal (gum) health is an essential part of protecting nearly every system in the body.
Some of the links established through research include:
- Heart health
- Diabetes management
- Higher risk of cancer
- Increased risk of Alzheimer’s
Recent research established that periodontal disease has an especially negative impact on women as they age. Links between breast cancer, gall bladder cancer, and oesophageal cancer and periodontal disease threaten women’s health.
At Dentist in the Park, we help patients regain their oral health through gentle yet effective periodontal treatment.
Each patient receives a periodontal evaluation during their regular clean and check. By measuring the pockets between the teeth and gums, we identify any signs of gum disease and follow it with appropriate treatment recommendations.
In its earliest stages, called gingivitis, we can often reverse gum disease with a thorough cleaning and improved home care.
As it progresses into advanced gum disease, called periodontitis, a deeper cleaning along with regular maintenance appointments will control the condition.
When left untreated, periodontal disease leads to bone loss and tooth loss.
Symptoms of gum disease
At first, you may not notice a change in your oral health. Gum disease is often asymptomatic at first. Here are a few signs to look for:
- Pain when brushing or flossing teeth
- Bleeding while cleaning teeth
- Receding gums or exposed roots
- Sensitivity, especially to cold
- Bad breath, called halitosis
- Tooth mobility
- Red, inflamed gums
Even if you take good care of your teeth at home, gum disease may develop when you miss too many professional dental cleanings. Toothbrush bristles and floss cannot reach every area of the teeth and tartar will still collect, creating a harbour for bacteria.
Changes in medical health and hormonal fluctuations may also trigger gum disease. Pregnant women can develop pregnancy gingivitis because of hormonal changes. We offer gentle and effective treatment to support expecting moms and their unborn babies.
Seeking treatment as soon as possible will minimise tissue and bone damage.
Gentle gum treatments
Even if it has been some time since your last dental cleaning, our team is dedicated to providing pain-free dentistry. We offer both modern anaesthetic application along with nitrous oxide to help ease any stress you feel at the dental clinic.
We personalise ongoing hygiene recommendations to ensure that your gums stay healthy and comfortable.
Contact us to arrange an appointment
We look forward to providing you with the outstanding dental experience you deserve. Our compassionate and professional team will help you find solutions that work best for you.