Periodontitis or Periodontal disease are terms derived from Latin which mean ‘gum disease’. At Smile Hub Dental Clinic in Bayside Medical Centre our highly skilled dentists focus on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of gum disease. It is important to attend your dentist for a dental exam and teeth cleaning every 6 months. A deep dental cleaning or scale and polish with local anaesthetic may be recommended by your dentist to remove tartar below your gum line which causes bone loss. If you have sore, swollen, receding or bleeding gums it is important to attend your dentist in Smile Hub Dental Clinic immediately. Bad breath and a bad taste in your mouth can also alert patients to the presence of gum disease.
The health of our gums is really important as otherwise your teeth can loosen and be lost leaving gaps in your mouth. Gum disease or periodontal disease has also been linked in research to health problems in other parts of the body. Brushing your teeth can prevent gum disease and improve the overall health of your mouth.
Research has shown that gum disease can increase your risk of developing health complications such as strokes, diabetes and heart disease. Gum disease has also been linked to complications in pregnancy and the development of dementia.