If you have healthy gums you’ll also enjoy fresher breath, less decay and believe it or not, better general health. Heart attack and stroke can be related to poor gum health. A simple check will tell you if you’re at risk of gum disease.
Healthy gums are also the key to keeping your teeth as gum disease is thought to be the number one reason why older people eventually need dentures. Don’t want dentures? Make sure your gums are as healthy as possible.
This section shows you how:
- Healthy Gums
- Hygienist Services
Dry Mouth Syndrome
Do you keep a glass of water by the bed at night? How about during the day-are you one of those people who constantly needs a water bottle handy? That’s a really healthy thing to do, especially in our Australian summers, but it can also mean that you have a ‘dry mouth’. There are many reasons for a dryer-than-normal mouth: medication, disease, medical treatment, damage after trauma or surgery, and, simply, the aging process. You may also be merely dehydrated.
The main dental problem with a dry mouth is much more activity by decay-causing bacteria-they like it dry. Your saliva has wonderful natural ingredients that confer protection from normal bacteria in your mouth and plaque: if it dries up, or loses its normal qualities, you could be at risk of increased decay, and, other problems.
A Periodontal Disease Risk Analysis
Our hygienists will gently test six points around each tooth and record the results.
We’ll find out:
-if you have gum recession or shrinkage;
-if you have bone loss or general loss of support around individual teeth (this is called ‘attachment loss’);
-if you have bleeding, or
-if there is pus under your gums.
If you have special challenges with a dry mouth, or a lot of cavities, we can also test how acid your saliva is and the ‘buffering capacity’ of your saliva. On average, most adults should undergo this analysis and recording every 3-4 years, depending on initial assessment.