Have you noticed your gums bleed when you brush and floss?
At Liberty Dental in Bowmanville, Ontario we provide comprehensive gum treatment with the help of our experienced dentists, dental hygienists, and in-house periodontist.
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a condition that affects the gums and bones supporting the teeth. It is caused by plaque, a sticky film of bacteria, that accumulates on the teeth and gums. If not removed, the plaque hardens into tartar, which can cause inflammation and infection in the gums. The early stage of gum disease is called gingivitis, characterized by red, swollen gums that bleed easily when brushing or flossing. If left untreated, gingivitis can develop into periodontitis, a more advanced stage of gum disease that can result in the loss of the supporting bone and, eventually, tooth loss.
Prevention and Intervention
The best way to avoid periodontal disease is to maintain good oral hygiene practices, such as brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting your dentist regularly for professional cleanings. If periodontal disease is diagnosed, our first course of action will be to remove as much tartar as possible, and then recommend appropriate treatment options. In some cases, gingivitis can be reversed with proper care, but in more advanced stages, periodontitis may require non-surgical or surgical treatment.
Early detection of periodontal disease is crucial in preventing its progression. Some of the symptoms to look out for include red, swollen gums that bleed when brushing or flossing, persistent bad breath, a metallic taste in your mouth, and overly sensitive teeth. If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to schedule an appointment with us at Liberty Dental in Bowmanville for an evaluation.
Periodontal Disease Risk Factors
There are several factors that can increase your risk of developing periodontal disease, including age, smoking, genetics, stress, certain medications, bruxism (clenching or grinding your teeth), and poor nutrition. Being aware of these risk factors can help you take steps to prevent the disease from developing.
Non-Surgical and Surgical Treatment Options
The treatment options for periodontal disease depend on the severity of the condition. In some cases, non-surgical treatment, such as deep cleaning, scaling, and root planing, can effectively treat gingivitis. For more advanced cases of periodontitis, surgical treatments may be necessary to restore gum health and prevent tooth loss. These surgical treatments may include flap surgery, bone grafting, and guided tissue regeneration.
At Liberty Dental in Bowmanville, our team of experienced dentists and in house periodontists are dedicated to helping our patients maintain healthy gums and teeth. We are proud to serve patients from Bowmanville and the surrounding areas, including Courtice, Newcastle, Orono, Clarington, Oshawa, and Durham Region. With all the care you need under one roof, you can trust Liberty Dental to help you maintain healthy gums.
Contact us today to schedule your appointment and learn more about how we can help you get back to a healthier smile.
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