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Periodontitis & Gum Disease in Hervey Bay

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Periodontitis, commonly known as gum disease, is a chronic inflammatory condition affecting the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. It occurs when plaque, a sticky film of bacteria, builds up on the teeth and hardens into tartar if not removed through regular oral hygiene practices.

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Recognising the Symptoms of Gum Disease

Symptoms of gum disease include

  • Swollen, red, or bleeding gums
  • Bad breath
  • Gum recession
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Loose teeth

In its early stages, however, gum disease may not cause apparent symptoms, so regular dental check-ups and cleanings are essential for early detection and treatment.

The Dangers of Untreated Gum Disease

If gum disease is not addressed it can lead to tooth loss. The condition has also been linked to different systemic health issues, such as heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory issues. This is why it’s critically important to maintain good oral hygiene and seek timely dental care to prevent and manage gum disease.

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Treatment Options for Gum Disease

The treatment for gum disease will depend on the severity of the case. In mild to moderate cases, non-surgical deep cleaning procedures, such as scaling and root planing, can effectively remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria from above and below the gumline. This helps promote gum reattachment and provides a clean surface for optimal oral health.

We also may prescribe antibacterial medications, such as antimicrobial mouthwashes, gels, or antibiotics, to reduce the bacterial load in the gum pockets and manage the infection.

Surgical interventions like flap or pocket reduction surgery may be necessary in more advanced cases. These procedures allow our team to access and remove deep-seated tartar, reduce pocket depth, and reposition gum tissue for improved healing. Additionally, bone grafting procedures may be performed to regenerate lost bone and enhance stability and support for your teeth.

Ongoing Maintenance and Management

It’s crucial to understand that gum disease is a chronic condition. After treatment, regular follow-up visits for periodontal maintenance are necessary to monitor the condition and prevent relapse. This may involve more frequent cleanings and check-ups to ensure optimal oral health.

In addition to professional treatments, we provide education on proper oral hygiene practices, such as brushing and flossing techniques. We also offer recommendations on lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking and managing systemic health conditions, to help manage and prevent gum disease effectively.

Take Control of Your Oral Health

Don’t let gum disease go untreated. Schedule an appointment today at Hervey Bay Dental to learn more about managing gum disease and take the first step towards a healthier smile.
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Any invasive or surgical procedure may carry risks. Before moving forward, it is recommended that you seek a second opinion from an appropriately licensed medical professional.


Periodontitis & Gum Disease Hervey Bay QLD | (07) 4125 5099