Gum Disease Treatment
What is gum disease?
Gum disease, also known as Periodontal Disease or Periodontitis, is a result of untreated gingivitis. At this point, symptoms can turn exceptionally painful. Gums, triggered by plaque buildup, start to pull away from the teeth, creating pockets which can become heavily infected.
The infection triggers the body’s immune system, which can break down the jaw bone overtime. Once this happens, the teeth may require removal as bone support becomes too weak, or the tooth may become infected and painful.
What causes gum disease?
Plaque build-up! This is the colourless, slimy film you feel on your teeth. When you practice poor dental hygiene, plaque hardens and turns into tartar. At this point, you will require professional teeth cleaning, and the longer you wait, the thicker the tartar build-up will become. This in turn can cause minor gum disease, commonly known as gingivitis. Depending on what stage it’s caught at, you can generally reverse gingivitis with regular professional teeth cleanings, daily mouthwash, regular flossing/brushing, and homecare products such as electric toothbrushes and power flossers.
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, has a wide range of symptoms. On the lower end of the spectrum, you may notice inflammation and bleeding of the gums. If you have these symptoms, you should seek care to prevent further problems such as throbbing pain, infection, bad taste in the mouth, or irreversible damage to the teeth, gums, and bone support.
Treatment for gum disease
The trick is to treat gum disease as early as possible. There’s no hard fast cure, but if you’re experiencing bleeding, swollen, sore, infected, or receding gums, you may find yourself especially motivated to find relief and support from us at Glenora Family Dental.