Gum disease and what you should know about it

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease affects roughly 11% of the Canadian population. Often taken for granted, the simple act of flossing and brushing can play a role in preventing gum disease from taking root.

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease is most often caused by tartar and plaque build up from a build up of bacteria. There are many other contributing factors such as:

  • tobacco use
  • certain medications
  • diet high in sugars and processed foods
  • genetics
  • other chronic diseases

What are the signs of Gum Disease?

One of the most common signs of gum disease may include, bleeding gums, bad breath, tooth sensitivity, tooth loss and abscessed teeth. Recent studies also show that periodontal disease may be a warning sign for potentially life threatening conditions such as heart disease and stroke, diabetes and chronic kidney failure.

Treatments for Gum Disease

Depending on the severity of gum disease there are options. Removal of plaque from the teeth may be all that is needed to address the issue before it becomes worse. Although there are situations when a more severe treatment option may be required to halt and minimize the progression.

Preventative treatment options

Not surprising is the need for continued visits to your local dentist along with proper at home brushing and flossing. Our team at Dental @ the Met strive to make your dental visit a calm and relaxed one so we can give you your best smiles. Should you or someone you know suffer from any type of potential gum disease give our clinic a call and we will get you smiling again.

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