Gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, is mild and can be easily managed with proper treatment. Many adults may notice no or few symptoms, including bad breath, pus in the pockets around the tooth, or tender, red, swollen, or bleeding gums when brushing or flossing. Although these symptoms might seem commonplace and they may not bother you, bleeding gums are never normal; it is a sign you have an infection and need to see one of the experienced dentists in Point Cook to restore your oral health.
If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to gum disease, otherwise known as periodontitis or periodontal disease. As the disease progresses, it may cause the gums to pull away from the teeth, forming a pocket in which bacteria can thrive. The bacteria, if not properly and quickly treated, can eat away at the bone that is anchoring the teeth in the jaw, causing it to dissolve. Ultimately, the teeth will loosen and eventually fall out.
Here at Infinite Point Cook Dental, our dentists are experienced and dedicated to providing you with relief as well as positive oral health. Whether you are noticing the first signs of gingivitis or you fear that gum disease is on its way, our dental experts can accurately detect your current gum condition.