Gum Disease Prevention (Peridontal Disease)
Periodontal disease (or "gum disease") is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults in Canada. Our dentists want to help the local Hamilton community prevent gum disease.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Also known as gum disease, periodontal disease is caused by a bacterial infection and inflammation in the gums. If the infection is able to progress, it destroys the tissue that surrounds and supports the teeth.
Gum disease can be difficult to detect as it often develops without exhibiting any symptoms whatsoever.
Early detection is vital to the successful treatment of this progressive disease.
At Downtown Dental of Hamilton, our skilled dental hygienists and dentists are trained to identify the signs of early gum disease.
This is one of the reasons that regular oral hygiene check-ups are so crucial to maintain good dental health.
If our skilled team does confirm you have gum disease, we will explain your options and assist you to choose the best treatment for you.
What are the symptoms of gum/periodontal disease?
Gum disease often presents no symptoms in its early stages. As gum disease progresses, it can lead to recession of the gums, bone loss and even loss of teeth.
Symptoms of gum disease can include:
- swollen gums
- tender gums
- bleeding gums
- receding gums
- mouth sores
- gums that appear bright purple or red-purple
- persistent bad breath
How will my dental team treat my gum disease?
The approach we take to treat your gum disease depends on its severity. If we do diagnose gum disease, our team will work with you to develop a treatment plan to address your individual needs.
Possible treatment options include changes to your at home dental hygiene routine, more frequent visits with our dental hygienist, or in-office procedures. In some cases, surgery might be recommended.
How can I prevent gum disease?
Excellent oral hygiene is the best way to avoid the discomfort and significant complications of gum disease.
Our knowledgeable team will be more than happy to assist you in developing a home care routine that gives you the best chances of avoiding this inconvenient and painful disease.
If you have bleeding gums, receding gums, swollen gums or sore gums, please contact our office today.
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