Treat your gums!
adentaloffice.com in Barrie, Ontario offers a periodontal gum therapy service
If you have been told you have periodontal (gum) disease, you’re not alone. Three out of four adults have some form of gum disease. Gums disease can be as simple as gum inflammation or a much more serious disease that causes major damage to the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth. In severe cases, the lack of supporting bone can result in tooth loss.
Bacteria in our mouths combine with mucus and other particles forming a colorless “plaque” on teeth. When not effectively removed, this plaque becomes hardened forming “tartar” that can only be removed by a dentist or hygienist.
The tartar and bacteria cause inflammation of the gums that is called “gingivitis.” Gums become red, swollen and can bleed easily in response to this irritant. Regular cleaning by a dentist or dental hygienist will remove these irritants and keep your mouth healthy.
When gingivitis is ignored, it can lead to a condition called “periodontitis”. In periodontitis, the gums begin to pull away from the teeth resulting in pockets that can become infected. Over time the bones, gums, and tissue that support the teeth are destroyed. The teeth may eventually become loose and have to be removed.
Gum disease is usually painless, and often we don’t notice symptoms until teeth begin to loosen. Men are more likely to have gum disease than women. Most commonly, gum disease develops when plaque is allowed to build up along and under the gum line. Regular dental checkups are the best means to catch gum disease in the early stages and minimize the progress of any existing disease.
Contact the expert dentists at adentaloffice.com in Barrie, Ontario to learn more about periodontal gum therapy.