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The Importance of Treating
If you don’t take proper care of your gums and teeth, you heighten your risk of developing gum disease. Believe it or not, gum disease is a very common dental problem and impacts nearly 7 out of every 10 Canadians, according to the Canadian Dental Association. This means that at least one of your family members will develop gum disease in their lifetime. And if left untreated, it can lead to more severe issues like periodontal disease, receding gums, and even tooth loss.
Fortunately, if detected early enough, gum disease can be reversed with proper oral hygiene. However, more extensive forms of treatment may be required if the infection becomes more serious.
Causes & Symptoms of
Gum disease is caused by an infection that forms when tartar develops on your teeth and under the gumline. Tartar is a hardened film that develops when plaque is left on your teeth after eating and drinking and not adequately brushed away. That’s why it’s so important to brush and floss twice a day and to visit your dentist for regular cleanings.
Once gum disease starts to form you’ll begin to experience a number of symptoms such as:
- Tender, swollen, and red gums
- Bleeding gums
- Sensitive teeth
- Loose teeth
- Bad breath
Read on to discover how we treat gum disease and how ongoing dental care can help prevent further issues.
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Our Proven Gum Therapy
During your appointment, if we detect high levels of plaque and bacteria growing underneath the gum-line, we may recommend non-surgical gum therapy. Some of the common methods we use are root planing, curettage, and local medication — all safe and virtually pain-free options.
If your dentist recommends root planing, you’ll undergo a non-surgical removal of the tartar deposits from the roots. Curettage removes the infected soft tissue that lines the gum pocket. This allows for new healthy tissue to grow in its place. Your dentist may also recommend medication to be administered to prevent the spread of infection and kill bacteria.
Get the Gum Treatment &
Dental Care You Need
Once your treatment is complete, our hygienists will provide you with all the oral hygiene tips you need to ensure that your gums stay healthy going forward. You may also be scheduled for a follow-up procedure so that we can continue to assess your condition and make sure that your gums are properly restored.
Gum disease is a serious problem if left untreated. It’s also not uncommon for patients to have gum disease and not know that they do. Most people are unaware until they’re told by their dentist. That’s why we offer non-surgical gum therapy to help our patients get the treatment they need.
Frequently Asked Questions
We get a lot of questions, naturally, about the wide range of dental services we perform here at our Kanata & Kemptville dental clinics. Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions. Don't see yours answered here? Feel free to reach out to Yazdani Family Dentistry.
Tartar, also known as dental calculus, builds up on the teeth and under the gums over time. It is hardened plaque which traps bacteria, making cleaning those parts of your teeth and gums impossible. These bacteria are what causes gum disease.
It is extremely important to treat gum disease. If left untreated, you will notice symptoms in your mouth such as bleeding gums, cysts under your gums, loose teeth and bad breath. On top of that, it is possible for periodontitis, or serious gum disease, to cause infections which can spread to other parts of your body. It has been shown that this can increase your risk of heart disease or exacerbate the symptoms of diabetes.
Proper oral care is crucial to preventing gum disease. Brushing twice daily, and flossing before bed will help prevent gum disease. Smoking is another primary cause of gum disease. If you smoke, you should quit.
Gum therapy treatments become necessary and important when periodontal disease progresses beyond presenting aesthetic issues. When gum disease begins to affect the health of your gums, teeth and jawbone, gum therapy treatments becomes necessary to prevent infection, lost teeth and systemic health issues.
Gum tissue that has been lost to periodontal disease will not grow back. That makes it even more important to treat gum disease as early as possible to preserve the remaining tissues and ensure they stay healthy.