Having a healthy mouth means more than just a bright smile. Caring for your oral health involves an understanding of its importance and impact on your overall health.
At Smile Me Dental, will closely monitor your oral health in order to diagnose any irregularities early, preventing gum disease, tooth loss and reducing the need for extensive restorative procedures. Our entire team is dedicated to helping you achieve and maintain healthy teeth, healthy gums and a beautiful smile for life.
Our hygienists work collaboratively with the dentists to provide you with exceptional care and valuable oral health advice. The combination of a thorough at-home care plan and regular active maintenance appointments will ensure your smile stays healthy for life.
Gums perform an important role in protecting the underlying fibres and bone that hold teeth in place. Additionally, there is considerable evidence showing links between your general health and the health of your gums.
Research shows connections between gum disease and heart disease, vascular disease and diabetes and it has been proven that people with gum disease are significantly more susceptible to other health issues.
If you have noticed any of the following symptoms, you should see one of the Dentists at Smile Me Dental Practice to discuss a personal care plan:
- Bleeding when teeth are brushed or flossed (healthy gums do not bleed)
- Gum tenderness
- Red and/or swollen gums
- Bad breath and/or bad taste in your mouth
- One or more teeth becoming loose or “wobbly”
- Teeth appearing longer because gums are receding
- Gums are itchy or sore
- Spaces appearing between teeth
GUM PERIODONTAL DISEASE
Research has also proved that periodontal disease is directly linked to our general health and if left untreated can increase risks of developing more serious conditions such as heart disease, cardiovascular disease, respiratory conditions and diabetes. This highlights the importance of regular dental exams to help detect and treat periodontal disease before it escalates. Periodontal disease has two stages. The first, less serious stage of periodontal disease is known as gingivitis and is an easily treatable condition with reversible effects. During this stage the gums can become inflamed, may bleed during brushing and eventually begin to recede. If not detected and treated the disease can progress into its second stage- the more severe periodontitis. This is where the inflammation moves deeper into the supporting structure of your teeth, resulting in bone loss and chronic inflammation which is often painless but causes bad breath (halitosis). This damage cannot be reversed once sustained. If periodontitis remains untreated it can result in bone and tooth loss.
PREVENTION OF GUM DISEASE
Early detection is important in the fight against periodontal disease. Almost all adults will suffer from the disease at some point in their lives. The risk can be minimised by maintaining a thorough oral hygiene routine and regular six monthly visits to the dentist for a professional clean and examination. Once the disease is present, it is important to receive treatment from your dentist to halt the progress of the infection
Good oral hygiene paves the way for good oral health. Regular and thorough cleaning at home will help to keep your mouth fresh and decay free. Poor oral health has been linked with more serious health conditions such as stroke and heart disease. A thorough oral hygiene routine consists of twice daily brushing with fluoride toothpaste and flossing between your teeth daily. It is important to systematically remove bacteria from your tooth surfaces as well as your tongue. Regular visits to the dentist for a professional clean and examination are also important components of any oral hygiene routine, allowing for hard calcified plaque to be removed and any potential problems to be identified and rectified in their early stages before they escalate into more serious, costly and painful problems.
The most common cause of dental injuries comes from the pursuit of sport, leisure and recreational activities where impact can damage the jaw and teeth. For just a small investment, a custom fit mouthguard provides valuable protection for the future of your teeth due to their close fit, increased comfort and cushioning effect. ‘Off the shelf’ mouthguards are generally large, bulky and loose fitting, providing inadequate protection. A custom fit mouthguard involves a custom fitting from one of our experienced dentists who specialise in custom mouth guards North Sydney. They will assess your mouth and provide the best fit, size, coverage and thickness specifically designed for your mouth. Benefits include an increased ability to breathe and communicate, greatly enhancing your sporting experience.