It is estimated that more than half of all adults suffer from some degree of the condition we call gum disease, which ranges from gingivitis to advanced periodontitis. This condition as a whole is known for its far reaching effects not only in the mouth but also in the body. Due to the ramifications of gum disease, it is very important to see your dentist regularly. We believe that the best treatment we can provide for our patients from Scarborough and surrounding areas is to teach them how to prevent gum disease in the first place.
Gum disease is an infection in the supportive tissues in the mouth. The direct cause of infection is oral bacteria, which can live in small crevices between the teeth and at the gum line. The more irritated the tissues become, the more they pull away from the teeth and as this occurs, bacteria can move into the pockets and accumulate into plaque beneath the gum line.
Because we know that gum disease is the result of oral bacteria, and we also know that bacteria are a natural part of the oral ecosystem, we are able to devise ways in which to maintain a healthy balance so that bacteria do not get out of control. The best way to do this is to brush and floss your teeth as demonstrated by your dentist and hygienist.
In many cases, oral hygiene can be the ideal preventative measure to protect the teeth and gums, as well as other parts of the body, from the infection of gum disease. Your dental team knows how to recognize the various stages of gum disease, and also has specific treatments that can minimize the impact of the disease process if it has already developed.
Once gum disease has passed its initial stage of gingivitis, there are only methods of management rather than cure. For this reason, we like to visit with our patients at least every six months, allowing us to keep abreast of any new developments in their oral health. If gum disease is detected early, we can perform a deep cleaning that will remove the infection, bacteria, and plaque from affected areas, and we can discuss hygiene practices to keep gums healthy in the future.
If not treated early, the progressive infection process increases the risk of tooth loss as well as other concerning health conditions.
There is no reason at all that gum disease has to steal your health. Contact one of Esquire Dental Centres offices today to schedule your visit.
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