At All About Teeth Townsville, we know daily brushing and flossing is not only important to avoid decay, but it’s also important for your overall health.
Problems can arise when you fail to floss or brush correctly. In the areas you miss, plaque bacteria hardens into tartar. Tartar can no longer be removed by simple brushing and flossing and can only be removed by a professional dental clean.
Here in Townsville at both our All About Teeth practices, we are committed to identifying and treating any dental concerns you may have in the early development stage in order to reduce their impact on your health and quality of life.
What is gum disease?
Over time, more dangerous types of bacteria can build up within tartar. These bacteria can produce toxins, which irritate and inflame the gums. This condition is known as gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease.
If left untreated, gingivitis can progress to periodontal disease or bone disease – a condition where bacteria and their toxins invade not only the gums, but also the bone and structures supporting your teeth. This can lead to tooth loss in addition to permanent bone damage and even bone loss, limiting your suitability for restorative treatment such as dental implants.
Treatment is available to stop gum disease although, if left untreated for prolonged periods, the damage may be irreversible leading to future oral and general health complications and expenses.