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Gum Disease Treatment

Gum disease is an inflammation of the gum line that can affect the bone that surrounds and supports your teeth causing them to start to become loose!

Gum disease can be painless and there are other signs that include: -

  • Gums that easily bleed when brushing or flossing
  • Swollen, red or tender gums
  • Gums that recede or move away from the tooth
  • Persistent bad breath or bad taste in mouth
  • Loose teeth causing a change in the way your teeth come together
  • Visible pus surrounding the teeth and gums
  • Sharp or dull pains when chewing foods
  • Teeth that are overly sensitive to cold or hot temperatures

Plaque causes gum disease so poor oral hygiene habits such as not brushing and flossing on a daily basis, make it easier for gum disease to develop. However, other factors can contribute to Gum disease.

These include:

  • Hormonal changes such as those occurring during pregnancy make gums more sensitive
  • Illnesses definitely are linked to gum disease including heart disease, diabetes, cancer, HIV, to name a few and managing your health effectively can also improve your gum health!
  • Medications can affect oral health, because some lessen the flow of saliva, which has a protective effect on teeth and gums and some can cause abnormal growth of gum tissue
  • Bad habits such as smoking and drinking alcohol will also cause gum disease
  • Family history of dental disease

Treatment

A professional cleaning by your dentist or dental hygienist is the only way to remove plaque that has built up and hardened into tartar. By scheduling regular check-ups — up to 4 times a year — early stage gum disease can be treated before it leads to a much more serious condition. If gum pockets are more than 5 millimetres deep, that is, if you have moderate to severe gum disease, gingival flap surgery may be performed by a periodontist to reduce periodontal pockets, as well as bone grafting to restore lost bone.

So contact us today to have your gum health check!