Often, people want to know if there is a difference between a dentist and a periodontist. The answer is yes and no. A periodontist is a dentist who specialises in diseases of the gums. However, a great dentist such as those at either of our 1300 Great Smile offices are perfectly able to take care of periodontal problems for you.
The most common periodontal conditions are gingivitis and periodontitis. Both are preventable if you practise good hygiene and get treatment for bleeding gums as soon as they start to bleed. Getting treatment in time can save teeth that are put at risk by gingivitis and periodontitis.
Why do Gums Most Often Bleed?
The most common cause of bleeding gums is the failure to adequately remove plaque from the part of the teeth near the gum line. Plaque may be a solid substance, but it is made up of food, mucus and bacteria that aren’t removed from the teeth. If plaque is allowed to stay, it becomes tartar and is trapped near the base of the tooth.
Tartar irritates the gums and can cause bleeding and swelling. The gums become sore or bleed chronically as a result. The condition is then called gingivitis.
If gingivitis is not treated properly through a combination of dental hygiene and procedures performed by your dentist, it can turn into periodontitis. Periodontitis is a condition in which swelling and bleeding gums have caused weakening of the gum margin. The gum becomes infected and the infection quickly spreads to the root, along with the ligaments that connect the tooth to the supporting bone.
The end result can be any combination of these symptoms: bleeding gums, receding gums, sore gums, swollen gums, bad breath, loose teeth and a bad taste in the mouth.
The bottom line: keep your gums healthy with regular trips to the dentist.
Call 1300 Great Smile
To learn more about preventing gum disease or for an appointment with a dentist in our Perth or Joondalup office, call 1300 Great Smile today:(08) 9404 9500