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Gum Disease

Gum Disease (Gingivitis and Periodontitis)

Gum disease (gingivitis and periodontitis) is a slowly developing disease of the gums and the bones that support the teeth. If you think of our teeth as a row of the picket fence, the ground soil is what’s holding and supporting this fence. Gum disease is like having diseased soil that won’t stand the test of time, gradually causing the fence to fall over, i.e. losing your teeth.

Plaque buildup on your teeth overtime constantly challenge your immune system, and bleeding and swollen gums can result. Left untreated, it can lead to loose and infected teeth which can become quite painful and may need to be extracted. Genetics and age play important roles in the development of gum disease. Those who smoke or have systemic health conditions may be more predisposed to developing gum disease. Several studies have also shown links to heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetes.
Gum diseases progress slowly and often painlessly. Bacteria burrow further into the periodontal pockets, causing irreversible damage to the supporting gums and bones. Gum diseases will eventually lead to tooth loss. If you have loose or missing teeth due to gum disease, often other teeth will become overloaded and gradually become loose themselves.
Professional gum treatment works extremely well when patient takes active roles in caring for their mouth. Better oral hygiene care, such as daily brushing, flossing and interdental cleaning aid in removing bacterial plaque build up, allowing your mouth to rest and recover after each meal. Our dentists are passionate about gum health and we can work with you to provide a comprehensive gum care and personalised oral hygiene program.
Many people are not aware that they have gum disease. Often we hear them say "but doctor I brush twice a day, and sometimes I even floss"! So what is the missing link? If you think back, most of us have never been taught how to brush properly, we either watch our parents, or just make it up as we grow up! No wonder there is huge variation on how well a person cleans their teeth! At Hearts Dental, our dentists will conduct an oral hygiene assessment on every patient to take the guessing out of the brushing for you. We listen to your story, observe your techniques, identify the missing links, and offer our advices without judgement or criticism.

If you are overdue for a gum health check and want to regain control of your own dental health, give us a call today!
Dr. Qing Guo Believes