Keeping your gums healthy
Here at Sherwood Dental we take a holistic approach to dentistry and strive to ensure that every aspect or you dental function is healthy. Servicing patients from Graceville, Rocklea, Indooroopilly, Chelmer and Oxley we find patients will travel to receivethe level of care and compassion we deliver at Sherwood Dental. We believe in providing a positive experience for every patient that comes to our Sherwood practice regardless of their treatments, here at Sherwood Dental it’s about feeling comfortable, relaxed and enjoying yourdental experience.
Periodontal disease is the more advanced form of gum disease. This is when the bacterial infection under the gums has progressed and can be serious enough to affect the bone and the supporting tissues.
In the event that you have gum disease your gums may:
- Bleed when you are brushing or flossing.
- Can appear red, tender or swollen
- Cause you to have bad breath
- Pull away from the tooth, also known as ‘pocketing’
- Collect a pus or mucus pocket around the tooth
The infection of the gum can damage the tissue that connects the gum to the roots each of the teeth. In the event that the tissue has been destroyed, the gum can pull away from the tooth, forming a pocket which bacteria can thrive in. If left un-treated, the bone anchoring the teeth in the jaw can dissolve over time, causing the teeth to become loose and ultimately to fall out. While most cases of advanced periodontal disease can be irreversible, our dental professionals are often able to slow down the progression of gum disease. We can do this by encouraging our patients to participate in regular six monthly visits to our Sherwood practice.
Another way to safeguard the health of your gums and prevent the development of gum disease, or to maintain the restoration of your gums health, is to perform a detailed dental hygiene routine. There are a number of steps you can take to help you protect your gums. These steps include:
Brush your teeth at least twice a day
By brushing your teeth, your gums and your tongue, at least twice a day you can help to remove any bacteria before it begins to build up and cause infection in your mouth. It is important to gently rub your gums with your toothbrush when you are brushing in order to keep both your teeth and your gums clean simultaneously.
Floss at least once a day
Flossing is an important step which can often be overlooked by many people. Flossing is so important as it can remove the bacteria and food particles that can become caught between your teeth. The bacteria can spur an infection in the gum and soft tissue that surround your tooth which, if left untreated, can advance into more severe gum disease.
Avoid food or drinks that have a high sugar content
By avoiding as much sugar as possible you can help to prevent the amount of bacteria that can build up in your mouth.
During your general check-up appointment at our Sherwood practice our dental professionals can walk you through these steps and discuss the health of you gums with you.