Periodontal disease (also known as periodontitis) is a condition of the bone and supporting structures that hold teeth in their sockets. It causes inflammation of the gums and soft tissue that surround the teeth and can result in the shrinkage of gums (gum recession). Other signs of periodontal disease include red, swollen and bleeding gums, bad breath, lack of taste and increased movement and mobility of teeth. Periodontal disease can result over time if gingivitis is left untreated. Risk factors that make you more susceptible to this condition include smoking, as well as systemic conditions such as diabetes, stress and genetics.
At every examination and hygiene appointment, we screen and assess the health of your gums and tailor a care plan specifically to address your individual needs. We focus on the prevention of gum disease with routine hygiene appointments. However, once diagnosed, periodontal disease requires frequent treatment. You will need to schedule four consecutive appointments where all tartar and plaque will be removed from your teeth to give your gums the best chance to heal. At the Adelaide Smile Centre, we take a holistic approach when creating our treatment plans to ensure the best outcomes for each individual patient. We understand the importance of providing excellent hygiene care, as it can positively influence your general well-being.