Healthy gums are essential to a healthy body and mind.
With the comprehensive gum treatments offered at Hulme Court Dental and Implant Centre, we can help you get your periodontal health in check gently and with supportive follow-up care.
The Oral-Systemic Connection
Bleeding gums, sensitivity, gum recession and bone loss put teeth at risk and the effect of gum disease impacts more than just your mouth.
Research links periodontal health to systemic diseases such as:
- Premature births and low birth weight in babies born to mothers with periodontal disease
- Diabetes complications
- Respiratory disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Increased risk of cancer
- Cardio-vascular disease
The profound impact of periodontal disease on the whole body makes the effective treatment and control of oral infection a priority. Our dental hygienists are thorough, gentle and have a wealth of information for healthy gums and fresh breath.
Causes of Periodontal Disease
Inadequate home or professional dental care is the most common cause of periodontal disease. Some health conditions and medication also contribute to an increased risk of gum disease. This includes anti-seizure medication and those that cause dry mouth as a side effect.
Smoking and tobacco reduces saliva production and introduces toxins into delicate gum tissues. Smoking cessation improves oral health and reduces the risk of oral cancer.
Vigilance and early detection through periodontal evaluation allow us to begin gum treatment at the first sign of infection. Healthy gums cling to teeth snugly and have a healthy pink colour. There should be no inflammation or bleeding points.
A visual exam for bleeding, recession and measurements of pockets between the gum tissue and teeth will alert our hygienists of signs of early gum disease. You may hear us describe the measurements we take between the teeth and gums; one, two, three millimetres are healthy numbers. Four and above indicate periodontal pocketing.
Periodontal Disease Symptoms
Early gum disease, called gingivitis, presents a few symptoms in its earliest stages. Signs to look for include:
- Bleeding and tender gums
- Mild pain when brushing and flossing
- Tingling or burning sensations
When detected early, periodontal diseases are often reversible with improved home care and individualised professional dental cleans.
As gum disease progresses into periodontitis, symptoms often become more dramatic, including:
- Bad breath
- Tooth mobility
- Deep pocketing
- Significant pain and bleeding
- Pus at the gumline
An advanced periodontal infection requires a regular maintenance program to prevent tooth loss. Advanced dental cleanings to remove tartar from teeth and beneath the gum line will promote healing. In some cases, hygienists may have to place antibiotic medication beneath the gumline to assist in healing deep pockets.
Periodontal Maintenance Program
Six-month dental cleans are typically enough to keep healthy patients disease-free. After periodontal treatments, more frequent dental cleans every three to four months can keep your gums healthy and prevent reinfection.
Healthy Gums Are a Phone Call Away
Take the first step toward healthy gums and improved overall wellness. Hulme Court Dental and Implant Centre welcomes new patients and looks forward to helping you and your family achieve healthy and beautiful smiles.