What is gum disease?

Gum disease is more popular than you think with most adults having it to a certain degree.

One of the earliest signs that you have gum disease is if your gums start to bleed when brush and you may have bad breath.

This is the early stage of gum disease and is referred to as ‘gingivitis’.

It is important that you consult Central Coast Dental Surgery if you detect any of these signs.

This disease is caused by allowing a build-up of plaque on your teeth. Plaque is the sticky substance on your teeth that presents itself if your oral hygiene isn’t up to standard.

Why is plaque so dangerous?

Plaque contains bacteria, and although this can sometimes be harmless, in other cases it can infect your gums escalating issues into your dental health.

This is because the bacteria that has gotten into your gums can start to get into your bloodstream and over time can gradually damage certain blood vessels that lead both to your heart and brain.

There have been links made between gum disease and heart attacks, diabetes, strokes and arthritis.

Although it may seem hard to see the connection, if you have gum disease it is well worth visiting your Central Coast Dental Surgery to get your teeth and gums checked out before it’s too late. 

The ways to prevent gum disease is to keep on top of brushing and flossing your teeth.

You should start getting yourself into a routine of spending at least a full two minutes twice every single day brushing your teeth.

Ensure you use toothpaste that has fluoride and that you brush in between your teeth and where your teeth meet the gums thoroughly.

You’ll also want to get into a routine of regularly visiting your dentist so they can give you feedback on how your teeth are doing and point out where you might be going wrong, they can also perform any filling or cleanings where necessary. 

How to get in touch

If you’re looking for a Central Coast Dental Surgery and might have some concerns about your teeth or potential gum disease there are a number of ways you can get in touch with us and then we can get a treatment plan set up.

Firstly if you want to send us an email you can do so by filling the contact form in on this page: https://www.dentalatkanwal.com.au/local-central-coast-dentist/ and a member of our team will get back in touch with you as soon as possible.

If you’d rather speak to us over the phone you can do so by calling 43-930-020 and we are located at Suite C6, Kanwal Medical Complex, 654 Pacific Highway, NSW 2259.

For more information about dental hygiene, view our previous blog post here