Skill & Artistry | Dental Hygienist
When plaque (soft deposits) and calculus or tartar (hard deposits) are left on your teeth, the toxins in the bacteria irritate the gums and cause inflammation or gingivitis.
The effects of this inflammation may not be reversible, but the disease’s progress can be controlled and/or halted. Periodontal disease is the number one cause of adult tooth loss.
Warning signs of periodontal disease include:
There are several indicators that your dentist or dental hygienist looks for when determining the presence of periodontal disease.
There are 4 classifications of Adult Periodontal disease:
Treatment of Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease may or may not be difficult to treat depending on the severity of the disease. If the periodontal disease is mild, regular visits to the dental hygienist for scaling and root planing may all that is required to keep the disease under control. However, if you have a more severe form of the disease, scaling and root planing alone may not be sufficient and your dentist may refer you to a specialist for further treatment.
Sometimes after dental hygiene treatment you may find your gums are tender. If this occurs, Panadeine, Nurofen or your usual pain relief medication can be taken to relieve the tenderness. You may also use a salt water rinse (1/2 tsp salt in 250ml warm water), to alleviate the tenderness and to aid in healing.
As your gums begin to heal, you may notice your gums may begin to recede or shrink and your teeth feel more sensitive to cold. This is often normal. If this occurs, using sensitivity toothpaste such as Sensodyne may alleviate these symptoms. If these problems persist, we may be able to recommend other products or treatments.