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Gum Disease Treatment – Why You MUST Act Early

Gum disease is a real threat to individuals and families. By the time many people are actually sitting in the dental chair, the disease has gone untreated for some time, and real damage has been done to otherwise healthy teeth and gums. What do you need to know about gum disease treatment? Here’s an overview of some of the nasties you might encounter and what treatments are available. Gingivitis This is a form of gum disease caused by a build up of plaque. This then has the knock-on effect of producing toxins that infect and irritate the gums. It’s a case of ‘good bacteria gone bad’ and is one of the most common gum diseases seen in the chair. Receding Gums Here we find that the gum tissue that surrounds the teeth is pulled away. This exposes more of the tooth or the tooth root. The gaps that form allow bacteria to build up, creating an overall negative impact on the health of the mouth. Pyorrhoea or Periodontitis This is one of the most common diseases found in the general population. It presents as an inflammation of the gums and the supporting structures of the teeth. It’s caused by the build up of bacteria which then inflame and engulf the surrounding gum areas. Early signs to look for include gums that bleed when you brush your teeth, bad breath and/or a persistent bad taste in your mouth.   Why Gum Disease Treatment is Important Early detection and treatment are key to reducing the negative impacts of gum disease. If you neglect to focus on this area, the consequences could be catastrophic. Rapid gum and tooth decay and bad breath are just two of the unwanted outcomes you can expect to endure if you continue to neglect your gums.   Gum Disease Treatment Is Simpler Than You Think Thankfully, even if you don’t get early detection, there are a range of gum disease treatments available that will restore the health of your smile. Book an appointment with your dental professional today and prioritise gum health. It’s highly important to have regular check ups with your friendly local dentist to get on top of any gum disease problems that may arise. While it’s natural to be a little nervous about treatment, our gentle dentists are here to help resolve dental issues before they get the chance to become more serious.   Let’s Talk Gums! Meet with the team at Robert Duhig Dental today to discuss your gum disease treatment plan....

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Why A Dental Visit Can Help You (and your partner) Sleep!

Snoring and sleep apnoea are not to be trifled with. These conditions demonstrate not only health issues, but they’re also inevitably linked to distress and a lack of sleep for both the sufferer and the person they share their bedroom with. There is a wide range of anti-snoring devices on the market. Some of these are founded in scientific research but many of them (particularly those offered at low cost on retail websites) fail to deliver any measurable results. If you’re going to invest in an anti-snoring device, it is vital that you speak with a dental health professional prior to purchase. This could save you a lot of time, money and heartache. When looking for snoring devices in Brisbane and the wider community, it is important to be abreast of appropriate recommendations to ensure you purchase the best products possible.   What Anti-Snoring Devices Are On The Market?   A CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) device is probably the snoring device that most people have already heard of. It can alleviate some difficulties but the bulkiness of the device itself can mean that it’s often not the best long-term solution. There are a range of oral appliances on the market that take the form of mouthguards that adjust the way that the jaw is sitting during sleep. Many of these are for sale on cheap websites but it’s important that you make an appropriate investment in your sleep health and work with a professional.   What Causes Snoring and Sleep Apnoea?   Sleep apnoea and snoring often go hand in hand. Sleep apnoea is a pause in breathing that results in excessive noisy snores and can often see the afflicted party struggling to breathe. If this is an ongoing problem for you, you may feel fatigued even after a full night’s sleep – this is because snoring can really affect your ability to get a proper, restful sleep each night. And it’s certainly not ideal for anyone sharing your bed! Factors that influence snoring and sleep apnoea include but are not limited to: Enlarged tonsils or tongues Excess weight The shape of the nose or jaw Menopause or post-menopause Abuse of alcohol or cigarettes Sleeping on one’s back The use of a scientifically reliable anti-snoring device can be of serious help when it comes to sleep disorders. Failure to address these issues could lead to more complicated and serious problems down the track.   Need a professional opinion on anti-snoring devices? Talk to the team at Robert Duhig Dental...

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