Our mouths are full of harmful bacteria which when combined with mucus and other particles form a sticky, colorless plaque that rest on our teeth. Brushing and flossing help rid ourselves of this plaque however plaque that isn’t removed may then harden. This forms a type of tartar that a toothbrush cannot clean. This is the origination of gum disease, which thousands of Canadians suffer from every year.
Periodontal disease or gum disease can be as simple as gum inflammation or can turn into a serious disease that results in major damage to the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth. In the worst of cases, teeth may be lost.
At North York Dental, we understand that your health not only depends on your teeth but on the well being of your gums as well. We don’t want to see you have to lose your teeth because of gum disease or worse. Recent studies across the country have shown that people who have gum disease are at greater risk for more serious problems, such as heart disease or diabetes.
Dr. Shem-Tov and our team of trained professionals will work with you to properly address your gum disease and work to stop it in its’ tracks. We offer in office therapy with Atridox Injectable Antibiotic as well as minor gum surgery should either of these options be necessary for your treatment.
There many risk factors that play into whether gum disease may be in a person’s future. Smoking is one of the most significant risk factors associated with the development of gum disease. The hormonal changes often found in women, diabetes, certain over-the-counter medication that cause a reduction in saliva flow, and there’s genetic susceptibility – these are all common risk factors associated with gum disease.
Gum disease is commonly developed when the plaque we outlined above begins to build up along and underneath the gum line. Typically signs of this aren’t visible until individuals are in their 30s or 40s.
The best way to guard against gum disease is to keep your teeth and gums healthy through brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride based toothpaste, flossing to remove plaque from between the teeth, and by visiting the dentist regularly for a professional cleaning.
Symptoms include bad breath that won’t go away, red or swollen gums, tender or bleeding gums, painful chewing, loose teeth, sensitive teeth, or receding gums or longer appearing teeth. If you have one or more of these symptoms then there is a large possibility that you are in the midst of developing a form of gum disease if you don’t already have it.
At North York Dental, we can work with you to take preventative measures to ensure that this doesn’t escalate into a more serious problem. We have written materials that we distribute among our patients to assist them in their education on the condition, We will work to ensure that it is properly diagnosed and that it is treated immediately.
Don’t let it go untreated. We can help. Contact North York Dental today to get an assessment on your teeth to find out if you’re at risk for developing gum disease in your future.