Absolute Dental Care

What is gum disease?

As many as 70 per cent of Australians have some level of gum disease. Periodontal (gum) disease is an infection, and if left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss. It begins when the bacteria in plaque causes gums to become inflamed. Studies have found that infections in the mouth can play havoc elsewhere in the body. 

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Low birthweight babies
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Respiratory illness
  • Certain types of cancer
  • Complications with diabetes

That is why it is important to regularly visit your dentist. Unless you have periodontal disease or other oral health complications, twice-yearly visits are usually adequate to keep your oral health in check. At each check-up and clean, Dr Paul Rollason or your hygienist will perform a periodontal evaluation to measure the pockets that develop between the teeth and gums. When pocketing occurs, bacteria collect, irritate the gums and cause inflammation and bleeding. Other signs of periodontal disease include:

  • Bad breath
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Gum recession
  • Tooth mobility

The best way to avoid developing periodontal disease is to brush twice daily, floss teeth and maintain your regular dental check-up and clean appointments. Even with diligent home care, tartar will still collect and must be removed in the clinic by our gentle and skilled dental hygienist.

If it is time for your next dental clean, contact our Taringa dental clinic to arrange a booking.


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