Gum Disease Treatment in Edmonton
Gum disease is a serious condition and it is the most common cause of lost teeth in Canadian adults.
According to the Canadian Dental Association, 7 out of 10 Canadians will develop this chronic infection at some point in their lifetime.
Gum disease has also recently been linked to other chronic health conditions, including diabetes, respiratory disease, and heart disease. While the exact nature of this link is not yet fully known, we can state unequivocally that if you do not have periodontal disease, you should do your best to prevent it, and if you do have the disease, you should visit your dentist for treatment to help keep it under control.
What Is Gum Disease?
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, occurs when a bacterial infection occurs at the gum line. This infection is caused by plaque and tartar build-up. Plaque is the sticky film that forms on your teeth throughout the day. When it is not removed on a regular basis through brushing and flossing, plaque hardens into tartar, which requires professional instruments to remove. The tartar contains bacteria, which irritate and infect the gums.
In the earliest stages of periodontal disease, known as gingivitis, you may notice few if any symptoms. As the disease progresses, however, you will start to notice:
- Redness and swelling in the gums
- Bleeding gums when you brush or floss
- Bad breath that doesn’t go away with brushing
- The appearance of elongated teeth as the gums recede
- Tooth mobility or loosening of your teeth
- Loss of teeth
Treating Periodontal Disease
Ideally, we’d like to prevent periodontal disease from ever starting in the first place. At your visits to our Edmonton dental office, Dr. Teoh and our hygienists will review your home care routine and help you improve your technique so that you can get the most out of it. Good flossing and brushing habits combined with regular check-ups and professional cleanings will significantly reduce your risk of developing periodontal disease.
In its earliest stages, periodontal disease can often be reversed with improved home care and, sometimes, the addition of antimicrobial products. Once the disease has advanced, you may require more in-depth treatment procedures, such as scaling and root planing. In this procedure, we clean beneath the gum line, removing bacteria, and clear away calculus (also known as tartar) from the roots of your teeth. This helps your body fight the infection and allows your gums to fit more snugly against your teeth, preventing reinfection.
Is It Time for a Regular Cleaning and Examination?
The Canadian Dental Association recommends exams and cleanings for most people every six months. Dr. Teoh is happy to discuss your needs with you and determine the most appropriate care schedule for you.
We know that many people avoid going to the dentist for a variety of reasons, and we have made every effort to remove those obstacles so you can feel comfortable and confident at your appointments. Our office is designed with your comfort in mind, and we offer a homelike, relaxing environment with numerous amenities.
Call us today to schedule your next cleaning and examination at Orchards Dental.