Would you like to put the very best dental hygiene in place today, to ensure you can retain your natural teeth tomorrow? Our team of Lane Cove dentists are committed to helping you achieve excellent dental hygiene and good health, by providing preventive dental treatments and quality, restorative dental procedures.
Preventive dentistry is one of the most important aspects of our dental practice. We aim to help you and your family achieve and maintain optimal dental health by focusing on early intervention and explaining the importance of good oral hygiene. With regular check-up appointments, we can detect and treat problems before they have a chance to develop and require more extensive treatment.
We have equipped our practice in Lane Cove with the latest oral hygiene technology, to perform detailed examinations and provide accurate and early diagnosis of tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. We keep ourselves up-to-date with the latest dental techniques to ensure you receive the best possible care.
The leading cause of tooth loss in Australian adults, gum disease begins as red, puffy and swollen gums. Caused by the build-up of plaque and bacteria, this inflammation is your body’s natural response to their attack on your gum tissues. While your body fights these bacteria, your gums become seriously affected. Blood flow is decreased, and gum resorption will eventually cause the destruction of the bony support for your teeth. At this stage your gum disease has progressed to a condition known as periodontitis – this is when tooth loss becomes a serious concern.
What causes gum disease?
Gum disease is caused by plaque, a sticky film that naturally forms on your teeth, especially around the gum line. Bacteria thrive in plaque, especially in the gap between your gums and teeth, causing the irritation and infection which is known as gum disease.
What are the symptoms of gum disease?
• Red, tender, swollen, or bleeding gums
• Pain when eating and chewing
• Sensitive, loose teeth
• Constant bad breath, and
• Receding gums.
Any of these symptoms could be a sign that you have a serious problem. We invite you to contact the Apple Dental team, so we can perform a thorough examination and provide treatment advice.
What treatment for gum disease will I need?
To slow or halt the progression of gum disease, we recommend you:
- Visit Apple Dental for a full examination, including x-rays, to look for any gum infection symptoms and diagnose any deep gum problems.
- Take care to brush and floss properly every day at home, to ensure first-rate oral hygiene. This is one of the most crucial things you can do to help prevent gum disease.
- Have thorough scaling and root planing from a specialist Periodontist, to remove the tartar from above and below your gum line, and eliminate any rough spots on your tooth root where bacteria can live.
Can gum disease cause other problems?
Studies have shown that people with gum disease may have a higher risk of developing heart disease or diabetes. The best solution is to seek early treatment for gum disease, to help reduce your risk of tooth loss and prevent other problems from occurring.
Have you been living with a missing tooth for some time? If so, the loss of a natural tooth can cause severe complications for your surrounding teeth. They may become crooked and overloaded with biting pressure, becoming more difficult to clean and even leading to damage in your jaw joint. A missing tooth root will also cause your jawbone to recede, and if several teeth are lost your bite may lose support, causing your facial muscles to lose their elasticity.
The good news is that when diagnosed early, gum disease is a reversible condition, and your mouth can be restored to total optimum health. For this reason, we recommend you attend regular oral hygiene checkups with Apple Dental at Lane Cove, to allow us to check for early signs of gum disease.
Diet and your oral health
A healthy balanced diet, together with a regular oral hygiene routine that includes brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste, and flossing once a day, will greatly contribute to the health of your teeth and gums.
Some of our favourite foods like lollies, chocolate, cakes and soft drinks are the biggest causes of tooth decay. When you consume sugary or starchy foods and sweetened drinks, the bacteria in your mouth produces acid that attacks your tooth enamel. Saliva is your body’s natural defence to this acid, which is why chewing sugar free gum, rinsing your mouth with water and limiting your frequency of sweet and starchy foods can all be effective ways of preventing dental problems.
The entire Apple Dental team is committed to helping all our patients, young and old, achieve healthy teeth, excellent dental hygiene, and a great smile for life. So just give us a call on (02) 9420 5050 if you have any questions or dental issues you want to discuss about. Our practice location is 1 Finlayson St Lane Cove NSW 2066.
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