Periodontal (gum) disease is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults

This condition can dramatically impact on your oral and overall health, and as such it is important to visit our Melbourne dental clinic every six months for a regular check-up and professional clean. In fact, periodontal disease is an inflammatory condition that can lead to bone loss, and has been linked to a range of serious conditions including heart disease and stroke.

The symptoms of gum disease

It is important to note the early warning signs of this disease to avoid tooth loss and serious health problems further down the track. The symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Gums that bleed during brushing and flossing
  • Red, sore or swollen gums
  • Receding¬† gums
  • Bad breath/taste in your mouth
  • Loose teeth
  • Sensitive teeth and gums
  • A change in the position of your teeth

How to prevent gum disease

When it comes to periodontal disease prevention is far better than a cure. Maintaining a proper oral hygiene routine is a great way to actively prevent periodontal disease. This at home care routine must also be complimented by regular professional cleans every six months to remove the build-up of plaque that cannot be removed by brushing alone.