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The dentist you may not know you need

The periodontist in Perth will tell you that the trouble with gum disease is that it’s sneaky. It can go on for years before you become aware of it and, the longer it gets to damage you, the harder it becomes to get rid of. If you have left it too late with gum disease, the endgame is teeth that become loose in their sockets and fall out. It can be very distressing.

However, seeing a periodontist in Perth can help ensure that this never happens to you. Here at Elite Perio, we like to educate people about the symptoms of gum disease and how to avoid it. We’d rather you never have to come to us for treatment for the advanced stages of this disease but, if you do, you will be in the experienced hands of Dr Mahnaz Syed.

What causes gum disease?

It’s very simple. Gum disease is caused by the acids given off by the bacteria in plaque. Plaque is a sticky film that builds up on your teeth during the day. If you don’t remove it, after about three days, it hardens into tartar, and then it can’t be removed with a tooth brush.

The acids are given off when the bacteria feed on sugars in your mouth. They start off by attacking the gums.

Gingivitis – early stage gum disease

Early gum disease is characterised by bleeding, sore and swollen gums that are starting to pull away from the teeth. It is easily resolved by regular deep cleanings with a dental hygienist to remove any build up of plaque and tartar in hard to reach places such as crevices between the teeth and along the gumline. A twice-yearly visit, plus a routine of twice-daily brushing for two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing and interdental brushes is enough to keep gum disease at bay.

Periodontitis – advanced gum disease

This is when the acids get under the gum and starts to attack and erode tooth roots and the bone holding the teeth in place. You will need treatment with the periodontist in Perth to remove infected soft tissue and plane away any eroded rough surfaces, reconstruct the bone and sew the gums together to prevent re-infection.