Bleeding, Swollen Gums Treatment
When people think of gum disease, they often think of bleeding gums and that’s it. In reality, it is much more than that. In fact, a lot of people think that just because their gums don’t bleed, they don’t have gum disease. There are certain parts of the population that are more likely to have gum disease than others, and the most common part of the population that we have come across that are ignorant of the presence of gum disease are smokers. It is estimated that almost half the population aged 30 years or older suffer from some form of gum disease. Gum disease (or periodontal disease as it is scientifically known) is a slow acting disease of the gums and the bones that support the teeth. Left untreated, it can lead to loose and infected teeth which can become quite painful and may need to be extracted. Several studies have also shown links to heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetes. The key to treating gum disease is to identify it early. Many people are not even aware that they suffer from gum disease until it is too late. We have treated patients before where they have had undiagnosed periodontal disease even though they had been regular visitors to dentists. At Renew Dental Care we look after the whole mouth and that involves checking the gums as well using measuring instruments and x-rays to check the underlying bone levels. Treatment often includes deep cleaning of the teeth and roots to eliminate any bacteria that may be hiding under the gums. Good oral hygiene practices, including flossing, helps in slowing down the disease. It is important to start treating this disease early because, like diabetes and heart disease, there is no cure. We manage the disease so as to minimise the damage that it can cause to our mouths and general health. At Renew Dental Care, we can help you assess whether you have gum disease, and provide you with strategies to combat it. To know more, call our friendly staff today.