Periodontics is a specialised field of dentistry that focuses on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal (gum) disease. At Moodley Dental and Aesthetics, we understand the importance of maintaining healthy gums to support your overall oral health. That's why we offer top-quality periodontal care to help you achieve a healthy and beautiful smile.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a bacterial infection that affects the tissues surrounding and supporting your teeth. It is caused by a build-up of plaque and tartar on your teeth, which can lead to inflammation, bleeding gums, and eventually tooth loss.
There are two main stages of periodontal disease: gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease and is characterised by red, swollen, and bleeding gums. If left untreated, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis, which is a more advanced form of gum disease. Periodontitis causes the gums to recede, leading to loose teeth and even tooth loss.
Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease can be difficult to detect in its early stages, which is why routine dental check-ups are so important. Some of the most common symptoms of periodontal disease include:
Red, swollen, or tender gums
Bleeding gums, especially when brushing or flossing
Persistent bad breath
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it's important to schedule an appointment with our periodontal specialists as soon as possible.
Treatment for periodontal disease
The treatment for periodontal disease will depend on the severity of the condition. In mild cases of gum disease, a professional dental cleaning and improved oral hygiene habits may be enough to reverse the condition. However, in more advanced cases, additional treatment may be necessary.
One common treatment for periodontal disease is scaling and root planing, also known as a deep cleaning. This procedure involves removing the plaque and tartar from the teeth and smoothing out the roots to prevent bacteria from adhering to them.
In more severe cases of gum disease, surgical treatment may be necessary. Dr Moodley is highly trained and experienced in dental surgery. These treatments will help restore the health of your gums and support your teeth.
Prevention of periodontal disease
The best way to prevent periodontal disease is to maintain good oral hygiene habits, including brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily, and using an antimicrobial mouthwash. It's also important to schedule regular dental check-ups to catch any signs of gum disease early on.
In addition to good oral hygiene, there are a few other things you can do to reduce your risk of developing periodontal disease. These include:
Eating a healthy diet that is low in sugar and high in nutrients
Avoiding tobacco products, which can increase your risk of gum disease
Managing chronic conditions, such as diabetes, which can increase your risk of gum disease
Managing stress, which can weaken your immune system and increase your risk of gum disease
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Why choose Moodley Dental and Aesthetics for periodontal care?
At Moodley Dental and Aesthetics, we are committed to providing our patients with the highest quality periodontal care. Dr Moodley has years of experience and is trained to diagnose and treat a wide range of periodontal conditions.
We use the latest technology and techniques to ensure that our patients receive the most effective and efficient treatment possible. We also prioritise patient comfort and strive to create a relaxed and welcoming environment for