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Bupa Dental LogoWe are excited to announce that we will now be known as Bupa Dental Toowong.

Our practice’s long standing commitment to providing high quality dental care aligns perfectly with Bupa’s philosophy of being a health and care partner for customers.

We have refurbished our practice to help improve our patient experience, with modern dental rooms and technology in a more comfortable environment.

If you have any questions about the changes or wish to book your next appointment, please visit our new website or contact our friendly team on (07) 3870 3220.

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Gum Disease Treatment

If left unchecked, gum disease can become a very serious problem. Affecting millions of people each year, the disease usually appears innocuously as a minor bleeding gum or bad breath. In fact, many people are not aware of this dangerous ailment until they undergo a professional oral exam performed by a dentist. If gum disease is allowed to develop into a full blown periodontal disease, it can lead to severe tooth and other detrimental health problems.

Gum diseases are difficult to spot without professional help. They appear in the form of a colourless and sticky substance known as plaque – a combination of bacteria, mucus and other elements which breeds within the crevices of our teeth. Although regular brushing and flossing can help to reduce the growth of plaque, only regular and professional cleans at the dentist’s office can eradicate the hardened form of plaque known as tartar.

At Jephson Street Dental, Brisbane, our practitioners are well versed in the proper diagnostics and treatment of gum diseases. More importantly, we believe that the best method to curb this chronic infection is to prevent it from even occurring. We will design a preventative programme that can help you to: Maintain your home care regime, keep up a nutritious diet, as well as professionally check and clean your teeth.

Prevention is the best form of cure for gum diseases. Do not give gum disease any chance to develop.

Book your regular check-and-clean session with one of our friendly dentists today – call Jephson Street Dental at (07) 3870 3220.

Two types of gum diseases

About 80% of the world’s population has some form of gum disease. To understand its effects and extent of devastation, you would first need to be familiar with the two main types of gum diseases, namely gingivitis and periodontitis.

Gingivitis is the non-destructive and milder form of the disease. It occurs when plaque-forming bacteria cause the gums to get inflamed with a reddish tinge. Gingivitis can be treated with proper brushing and flossing, coupled with regular professional cleans by a dentist.

If left untreated, gingivitis can develop into periodontitis, which occurs when the infection spreads below the gum line and destroys the underlying bone and connective tissues that support the tooth. Periodontitis can cause the teeth to become loose and eventually lead to removal.

Factors contributing to gingivitis include diabetes, stress, hormonal changes, pregnancy, genetic components, use of certain medications, etc.

Causes and Treatment

Deep cleaning. If you have been identified with gum disease – regardless of the stage of development – the dentist would immediately perform scaling and deep cleaning as a means to remove the bacteria found below the gums. The dentist will clean the affected tooth either through a process known as root planing or laser treatment. Root planing seeks to remove or eliminate the inflammation-causing plaque.

Dietary/ Nutritional Habits. Plaque is composed of sugar, which is the most detrimental substance that gives rise to the disease. When your teeth has been coated by the sugar-infused plaque, an acidic environment is created in which bacteria thrives. The high sugar content in your diet will also reduce the immune system’s efficiency against the infection – a double jeopardy for the sufferer.

In our nutritional plans, we promote a balanced diet and the proportional intake of vitamins (C, D and A) to strengthen your mouth’s defenses to effectively ward off gum disease. Carbohydrates, sugar, fats and alcohol feature prominently on the “things to avoid” list.

Risk factors. Most people do not show gum disease before they reach 30 years of age, with males generally more predisposed than females. Tobacco users are at a higher risk of developing the disease. Other factors include diabetes, stress and pregnancy.

To find out more about our gum disease treatments and preventative programme, call Jephson Street Dental at (07) 3870 3220.