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There is some evidence that you are more likely to develop gum disease (periodontal disease) if you have a family history of gum problems. However, if you develop a good oral hygiene routine and visit your Armidale, NSW dentist regularly for exams, cleans, and periodic x-rays, you are less likely to develop gingivitis or gum disease.
Gingivitis is a precursor to gum disease. If your Armidale, NSW dentist catches gum disease in the gingivitis stage, it is reversible.
What Are The Symptoms of Gingivitis and Gum Disease?
The symptoms of gingivitis and gum disease may include some or all of the following:
- Tooth sensitivity
- Periodic or chronic tooth pain
- Loose teeth
- Receding gums—making teeth appear longer
- Bleeding gums
- Bad breath
If you notice any of these symptoms, we recommend scheduling an exam with our Armidale, NSW dentist. Dr Joseph Nyepetsi can halt the progress of periodontal disease and help save your smile. Without treatment, periodontal disease may lead to tooth loss. Some evidence suggests that gum disease may also be linked to heart attack, stroke, and other health conditions.
Visit Your Armidale Dentist For Your Routine Dental Exam
When it comes to preventing periodontal disease, we recommend not dwelling on family history but seeing your dentist regularly for exams and cleans. Dental exams help your Armidale, NSW dentist spot gingivitis before it becomes gum disease. And regular cleans clear away the stubborn bacteria that may lead to gum disease.
For Armidale dental care in Armidale, NSW, we emphasise prevention. Part of that means keeping your gums free of periodontal disease.
Learn How To Prevent Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease, also called gum disease, is a serious infection of the gums and periodontal ligaments that support your teeth. Without intervention from your dentist, this condition can lead to bone loss, tooth loss, and it has even been linked to systemic health conditions affecting the heart.
Your Armidale dentist takes measures to lower your risks for periodontal disease but can also treat the condition if it develops.
Our first preventive measures are regular dental exams and teeth cleans once or twice yearly, depending on your specific needs. During your routine dental check-up, your dentist can spot early gum disease (gingivitis), which can be reversed. When gingivitis graduates to periodontitis, we can treat the condition and improve your oral health, but this is not a full cure. However, we can lower your risks for bone loss, tooth loss, and systemic health complications with diligence.
For Periodontal Treatment in Armidale, NSW, We Encourage Your Call
If you notice pocketing gums, bad breath, loose teeth, or any changes to your oral health, we recommend contacting your dentist for a check-up.
Of course, we understand that gum disease can create anxiety and concern, but we will be with you throughout treatment and take all steps to improve your oral health.