Are you one of the thousands of South Africans who suffers from gum disease? Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, ranks as the leading cause of tooth loss today and is linked to serious illnesses like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Yet many people put off periodontal treatment. If your gums are tender, bleed when you brush your teeth, or appear red and swollen, you have gum disease.

Gum disease is the infection of the gums that may surround one, two, or the whole row of teeth. Its symptoms include persistent bad breath, bleeding, tender, or red gums, gum recession, and sensitive teeth. When left untreated, gum disease causes tooth loss, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.

Caught in its early stage, called gingivitis, periodontal disease is easily treated. Our hygienist will evaluate your gums and give your teeth a thorough cleaning to remove plaque and tartar buildup. If your home oral care routine is not quite making the grade, the hygienist can provide tips and instruction for effective brushing and flossing.

Deeper periodontal treatment may involve a second appointment for scaling (cleaning teeth beneath the gum line), root planing (to smooth the rough areas on your roots and/or the application of an antibiotic we apply directly to the affected areas.

It’s not difficult to keep gum disease from forming. Make sure you’re maintaining excellent dental hygiene habits, including the following:

  • Brushing teeth for two minutes, after each meal or at least twice a day
  • Flossing teeth daily
  • Visiting the dentist every six months (or as otherwise recommended)
  • Quitting tobacco use
  • Maintaining a nutritious diet

As your family and restorative dentist, Dr. Nair has one goal in mind: your optimum oral health. Rest assured that we take every measure to ensure your comfort during all procedures. Call our Phoenix dental office today to set an appointment. Let us show you how better oral health can improve your overall lifestyle. We've helped patients all over Durban achieve premium oral health and gorgeous smiles for many years.

Our dedicated team genuinely looks forward to serving your every oral healthcare need. Send us an email or call today for a free consultation, and discover the difference our patient-centric approach can make in your next dental experience.