Gingivitis (or gum disease as it’s often known) usually starts when bacteria is allowed to flourish due to the presence of plaque.
An early sign of the presence of gingivitis is if your gums bleed while you are brushing your teeth.
Gingivitis is treatable, particularly in the initial stages. It’s important to act, because if the disease progresses, it can lead to periodontal disease – with tooth loss an unwelcome byproduct.
The dentists at DentalFresh in Bondi Junction, Sydney, will assess the health of your gums and advise you on the best course of treatment.
Typically this will involve a thorough professional clean to remove plaque or tartar build up. We’ll also review with you how you brush and floss your teeth, to make sure your technique will help prevent the future development of more plaque and tartar.
We’ll also assess how well any dental appliances you are using fit you. This would include dentures or crowns for example. Poorly fitting dental appliances can make it easier for bacteria to grow so to prevent gingivitis, it is vital they fit you well.