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Gum Disease in North York, ON

Your health not only depends on your teeth, but the well being of your gums. Even if you brush everyday, you may be at risk for gum disease, a condition that seems painless but eventually causes tooth loss. Recent studies show that people who have gum disease are at greater risk for more serious problems, such as heart disease and diabetes. Dr. Shem-Tov and our hygienists have the following resources to diagnose gum disease:

  • Charting and Diagnostic Services
  • In Office Therapy with Atridox™ Injectible Antibiotic
  • Minor Gum Surgery

Gum Disease: Serious But Treatable

At least 80% of the population has some degree of gum disease and most don’t know it. Gum disease is responsible for up to 70% of adult tooth loss, and it does not give clear warning signs that an untrained eye would notice. A dentist or hygienist must do a thorough and complete examination to detect it; especially in it’s early stages. Gum disease is similar to high blood pressure, or heart disease, by the time the person who has it notices symptoms it is in its advanced stages.

Gum disease has been implicated as causative factor in heart disease, stroke, diabetes, pre-mature births, and low birth weight. It is an infection of the gums and jawbones. The bacteria, and chemical by-products of your bodies attempt to fight the bacteria, can enter the blood stream and cause serious problems in distant parts of the body. It critical to have the teeth cleaned and a thorough examination a minimum of twice a year, and it is critical that you do a thorough job at home cleaning the teeth twice daily. The good news is that gum disease can be treated and prevented. Today there are numerous aids available to help us, which include special toothbrushes, toothpastes, rinses and even prescription medications can help. Your dentist can decide the appropriate treatment method only after examination of your condition.

Optio Dentistry module on Periodontal Disease