The gums are often overlooked in assessing both the health and beauty of a smile. Gingivitis and its cousin, periodontal disease, can result in bad breath, foul taste, soreness and an unpleasant look to the shape of the teeth.
They are usually caused by the build-up of plaque (bacteria) and tartar (hardened plaque) over time, but and a variety of lifestyle and genetic conditions can predispose you to both forms of gum disease. Nevertheless, frequent brushing and flossing are the most important things you can do to protect your teeth and gums.
At Virginia Williams’s Dental Practice, each dentist assesses your gums as part of our routine check-up. In most cases, a gentle scale and clean is all that is needed to prevent escalation of any problems. However, we will also provide more detailed analysis and treatment of your gums if necessary. Treating the gums are just as important as the teeth itself, providing the framework for healthy teeth.
Of course, regular check-ups are vital in maintenance of your smile. For an assessment of your gum health, feel free to contact us for an appointment on (03) 5331 9285.