Gum Disease

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There are many forms of gum disease, (periodontal disease) It ranges, from mild gingivitis to advanced periodontitis.

Am I susceptible to gum disease?

  • Smokers are more susceptible to gum disease.
  • Genetic factors research shows that up to 30% of the population might be genetically susceptible to gum disease, despite their use of aggressive oral care habits.
  • Pregnancy or an adolescence the hormonal changes your body experiences at those times can affect your gums.  They can become sensitive and more susceptible to gum disease.
  • Stress  can make it more difficult for your body to fight off infection, including gum diseases.
  • Certain medications, such as oral contraceptives, anti-depressants, and certain heart medicines, can affect your oral health.
  • Clenchers or Grinders– place excess force on the supporting tissues of the teeth which could speed up the rate of destruction of periodontal tissues.
  • Diabetes can impair the ability to process and/or utilize insulin and thus make it more difficult for you to control gum infection.
  • Poor nutrition compromises your body’s immune system and makes it harder for your body to fight off gum disease.
  • Other systemic diseases interfere with the body’s immune system and might worsen the condition of the gums.

What treatment is provided?

To halt this process professional periodontal treatment is required. This involves the removal of plaque and tartar from below the gum line with specially designed instruments,  so the tooth root surfaces are clean and smooth. This will help improve the health of your gums, reduce gum swelling and bleeding.

Following a scaling, swollen gums will shrink to a healthier contour. As they shrink though, more of your teeth might become exposed and they might become more sensitive. This must be supplemented with regular at-home oral care – brushing and flossing.

Supportive Periodontal Therapy

This is an ongoing program designed to prevent gum disease from recurring in patients who have undergone periodontal treatment. Our dentist will recommend a schedule tailored to protect your periodontal health. The intervals between visits might range from every 3 to 6 months.

Gum disease concerns

Periodontitis (serious gum disease that damages the soft tissue and bone of your teeth) is associated with heart disease.  Bacteria in your mouth can infect your heart so healthy teeth and gums might reduce the risk of heart disease.

Book an Apointment and learn more about periodontal disease.

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