Periodontal Care | Brisbane Dentist in Qld
Periodontal care treatments includes dental treatment for gingivitis and periodontal disease, including root scaling and cleaning for the gums and teeth, and best health.
Periodontal disease is loss of the jaw bone from around the teeth, and ranges from gum bleeding and inflammation, called gingivitis - to severe loss and infection of the gums and jaw bone, called Periodontal disease. In the worst cases, teeth may be lost, when they become infected, or so loose that they hurt to bite on.
Gum disease - or gingivitis - begins with plaque bacteria, which causes the gums to be inflamed and swollen. Gingivitis is present where there are bleeding gums when brushing or flossing, and persistent bad breath,. Progression of the disease may cause loss of the jaw bone and gum that holds the teeth in.
Once the bone is damaged in periodontal disease, it is an irreversible disease, so it is critical that it is picked up at an early point for preventive measures or treatments, which can make a big difference.
Prevention is by far the best treatment for periodontal disease, and visiting your dentist each six months for a complete check up and preventive care, including periodontal screening and digital x-rays each two years to look for deposits of plaque and calculus, and loss of the jaw bone, allows any dental issues to be identified, controlled and treated early.
- Persistent bad breath
- Red, swollen or inflamed gums
- Tender or bleeding gums
- Painful chewing
- Loose teeth
- Sensitive teeth
- Receding gums or teeth that appear longer
Many people with mild gum disease don’t show any symptoms, but if you notice anything different about your mouth or teeth, please tell your dentist. If you do have periodontal disease, the treatment will vary depending on the severity of the infection. Severe periodontal disease treatment may involve a deep cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing, in which the dental hygienist or dentist removes tartar - or calculus - from both above and below the gum line and smooths rough spots on tooth roots where plaque-causing bacteria lives and likes to stick on.
Regular dental care at home of twice-daily tooth brushing and daily flossing, plus regular visits to the dentist for active maintenance and professional scaling and cleaning each 6 months, allow any problems to be picked up at an early stage.
1. Oral B PROFESSIONAL CARE ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH OR GENIUS 9000
Brush for 2 minutes morning and night, never forget the night time clean and no snacking at all after, even a drink of milk.
Twice daily brushing is recommended because the average person is said to clean their teeth with about 60% effectiveness in research studies.
If purchasing an Oral B professional care or smart series electric toothbrush, be sure to check that it has a timer and pressure sensor, and is rechargeable. We recommend using an electric tooth brush, and the best of which are Oral B genius, Triumph, smart series, and Professional care 7000, 5000 and 3000.
If using a manual tooth brush, be sure to use a soft toothbrush which is changed each 8 weeks, and use a soft circular motion on the surface of the teeth that fits against the lips.
USE THE the CROSS ACTION HEAD. The probrite clean head is only for removing stains that are visible.
2. CLEAN IN BETWEEN THE TEETH
> REACH ACCESS FLOSSER
Floss between all of the teeth with minty refill floss cartridges, without even putting your hand in your mouth and easily clean between the very back teeth. Bacteria and food particles hide in between the teeth and need to be disturbed by flossing them out everyday otherwise it can cause the jaw bone to be eaten away, and cavities. Easy to use and refreshing.
Floss between all teeth after brushing teeth each night, making sure to move the floss against the tooth surfaces each side of the gaps to scrape off the plaque that sticks onto the teeth in these hard to reach areas.
> INTERDENTAL BRUSHES IN DIFFERENT SIZES
> FLOSS STICKS / PICKS
> ELECTRONIC FLOSSERS
> Air flosser 2 and
> Cordless Waterpik water flosser
3. A HEALTHY DIET AND LIFE
Mainly whole and unprocessed food are best, and take care to eat less than the recommended 12 teaspoons of sugar daily limit for adults. Cut out sugary drinks, and reduce sugary and acidic foods.
If you can limits smoking or quit, and limit alcohol intake
4. Three monthly hygiene appointments may stabilise periodontal disease, where the hygienist, dentist or periodontist, carefully cleans underneath and around the gums to remove cemented deposits of calculus, or scale buildup, which is kind of like chalky solid cement that sticks beneath the gums and around the teeth.