Helping you maintain healthy gums
If you’ve ever heard someone described as looking ‘long in the tooth’, the chances are it was an unconscious ‘diagnosis’ of a case of periodontitis – receding gums, synonymous with ageing, are actually a symptom of the disease. Thankfully today’s periodontic treatments can slow, halt or even reverse the effects. If you have been diagnosed with periodontitis, the dentists and hygienists at Octagon Dental Centre will work together to create a tailor-made treatment plan that may vary depending on the severity of your condition.
Gum disease is not always easy to detect, which is why many patients don’t discover they have periodontitis until they are older, and the disease is in an advanced stage. Symptoms begin with gingivitis – sore, swollen or bleeding gums caused by the build-up of plaque. Later stages of periodontitis will see the gums recede, teeth begin to wobble, and bone decay causing tooth loss. If you notice any symptoms of gum disease, make an appointment with Octagon Dental Centre immediately for a thorough consultation with your family dentist.
Treatments range from the simple introduction of a thorough oral hygiene regime to gum surgery and specialist bone grafting. Whatever course of treatment you require, Octagon Dental Centre will ensure you receive a tailor-made treatment plan detailing what to expect. Your dentist will always work in partnership with your hygienist to create a treatment plan that will ensure the long-term success of your smile.
Good oral health means good general health. Periodontal bacteria can enter the bloodstream via bleeding gums, which can in turn cause or exacerbate other chronic conditions, including heart disease, stroke, rheumatoid arthritis and lung problems.
You are what you eat (and drink). Certain foods and drinks – basically anything sugary, sticky, fizzy or acidic – are anathema to a healthy smile. Your hygienist is trained to offer excellent advice on diet and lifestyle habits.
Gum disease is still on the rise! Despite being entirely preventable, with a good daily regime of brushing and flossing, both gum disease and tooth decay are still a big concern among all ages. At Octagon Dental Centre we make it our business to educate patients continually on the benefits of good dental hygiene.