Gum Disease - Periodontics Perth

At Banksia Grove Family Dental, we care about your overall wellbeing, and that includes your oral health. Several factors can impact your dental health, and we’re here to help you understand and address them.

Factors that Increase Risk

  • Smoking: If you smoke, your risk of tartar build up on teeth increases, making it harder to treat. Quitting or reducing smoking can significantly improve your oral health.
  • Poor Oral Hygiene: Plaque and bacteria from inadequate oral hygiene can lead to infections and other dental issues. Regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups are essential for maintaining healthy teeth and gums.
  • Stress: Stress can weaken your immune system, making you more susceptible to dental infections. Finding ways to manage stress can contribute to better oral health.

The Power of a Balanced Diet

What we eat plays a significant role in both our overall health and oral health. A balanced diet is not only good for your body but also beneficial for your teeth and gums. Consuming nutrient-rich foods and drinking plenty of water can help maintain healthy teeth and prevent dental problems.

What’s more, advanced gum disease has been linked to other serious health concerns such as heart attacks¹, strokes¹, diabetes², respiratory disorders³ and Alzheimer’s Disease¹².

Common signs of gum disease

Gum disease is usually slow acting and painless. In fact, many patients may not realise they have gum disease until the gum disease is in the advanced stages. Some common signs of gum disease include bleeding gums; red, swollen gums; bad breath; sore gums; loose teeth; and yellow, brown or black deposits around the gum line.

At Banksia Grove Family Dental, we are dedicated to providing you with the best care and guidance for a healthy smile. Should you have a concern with gum disease, or have been treated in the past for advanced gum disease, don’t hesitate to reach out to our friendly team. We can assess your individual case and provide treatment for you as needed. We’re here to help you and your family achieve optimal dental health and maintain those radiant smiles.

¹The association between periodontal diseases and cardiovascular diseases: a state-of-the-science review. Beck JD, Offenbacher S. Ann Periodontol. 2001 Dec; 6(1):9-15.

¹Oral health, atherosclerosis, and cardiovascular disease. Meurman JH, Sanz M, Janket SJ. Crit Rev Oral Biol Med. 2004 Nov 1;15(6):403-13. Review.

²Periodontal disease: associations with diabetes, glycemic control and complications. Taylor GW, Borgnakke WS. Oral Dis. 2008 Apr;14(3):191-203. doi: 10.1111/j.1601-0825.2008.01442.x. Review.

³Associations between periodontal disease and risk for nosocomial bacterial pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. A systematic review. Scannapieco FA, Bush RB, Paju S. Ann Periodontol. 2003 Dec;8(1):54-69. Review.

¹²Periodontitis and Cognitive Decline in Alzheimer’s Disease. Ide M, Harris M, Stevens A, Sussams R, Hopkins V, Culliford D, Fuller J, Ibbett P, Raybould R, Thomas R, Puenter U, Teeling J, Perry VH, Holmes C.PLoS One. 2016 Mar 10;11(3):e0151081. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0151081. eCollection 2016.