Gum Disease Prevention
Gum disease destroys the tissue that supports and surrounds your teeth. Our team at Hall Dental checks for symptoms of gum disease during your regular hygiene appointments.
What is gum disease?
Did you know that gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults in Canada? Gum disease is an infection that causes your gums to become inflamed. As the inflammation progresses, it destroys the tissue that surrounds and supports your teeth.
Gum disease can almost always be prevented with a good oral hygiene routine, which includes regular visits to the dentists and regular brushing and flossing at home. Below, you'll find commonly asked questions and answers to help you brush up on gum disease.
What are the symptoms of gum disease?
Gum disease presents no symptoms in its early stages. As gum disease progresses, however, it can lead to gum recession, bone loss, and even loss of teeth. Here are some common symptoms to watch out for:
- Tender Gums
- Receding Gums
- Swollen Gums
- Bleeding Gums
- Mouth Sores
- Gums that appear bright purple or red-purple
- Persistent bad breath
How can I be sure I have gum disease?
Early detection is crucial in treating this progressive disease. Gum disease often develops without exhibiting any noticeable symptoms. This is one of the reasons that regular oral hygiene check-ups are so crucial to maintain good oral health. A skilled dental hygienist will be able to identify the signs of early gum disease, explain your options and help you to choose the right treatment based on your unique case.
How will my dental team treat my gum disease?
At Hall Dental Centre, our treatment plans are developed on a case-by-case basis.
That's because each patient is different and the degree to which the disease progresses is different as well.
The treatment plan will depends on the degree to which the disease has progressed and can include changes to your at home dental hygiene routine, more frequent visits with our dental hygienist, or in-office procedures. In rare cases, surgery might be recommended.
As always, our experienced staff would be pleased to answer any questions you might have.
How can I prevent gum disease?
Excellent oral hygiene is the best form of prevention for the discomfort and significant complications of gum disease.
The Hall Dental Centre team will be more than happy to assist you in developing a home care routine that gives you the best chance of preventing this inconvenient and painful disease.
If you think you have a gum infection, have bleeding gums, receding gums, swollen gums, or sore gums, please contact our office today.