Learn More About Gum Disease
It’s hard to avoid bacteria coming into your mouth, and failure to brush them away can allow for the accumulation of plaque to form around and between your teeth and gums. This buildup can harden and eventually lead to tartar, a yellow substance that triggers the infection.
Such instances can lead to the development of gingivitis, which often manifests as soreness, inflammation, and bleeding of the gums. Often, it is reversible with prompt treatment. However, it can advance to periodontitis, where the soft tissue pulls away from the teeth. Without treatment, it may lead to tooth loss and even affect your overall health.
If you’re experiencing any symptoms of gum disease, we recommend coming in for a consultation as soon as possible. Early detection and treatment are key to preventing further damage to your smile. Our office uses advanced tools and techniques to provide exceptional dental procedures. The dentists at Hills Family Dental Centre can provide you with the care you need to get your smile back on track. We also offer preventive measures so you can live life with better oral health.
Common Causes of
Neglecting oral hygiene
When we eat food that is high in sugar and starch, there's a risk of developing plaque buildup on the teeth. Unable to remove it can allow it to harden, and tartar will begin to form along the gum line, irritating the soft tissues.
This habit is harmful to your oral health in many ways. The chemicals in cigarette smoke can damage gum tissue and make it more susceptible to infections.
Pregnancy and other hormonal shifts can make gums more susceptible to gum disease. That's why it's important to have extra care for your mouth during these times.
Misaligned teeth can create more spaces where plaque can accumulate and hide, making it harder to reach with a toothbrush.
If your family has a history of gum disease, there is a possibility that you may develop a bacterial infection too. We encourage you to inform your dentist about it so we can take the necessary measures to prevent it.
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Dental Services that
Can Address Gum Disease
The dentist in our practice can help you with getting rid of unwanted debris in your mouth through scale and cleaning.
We provide a variety of treatments for gum disease;
When the infection attacks your tooth and leads to decay,
A wisdom tooth may develop partially and create pockets, which allow food particles to sit.
We use the latest techniques and tools to loosen and remove them between your teeth and gums.
a thorough assessment helps us to determine how to fight the problem and possibly prevent it in the future. We may use deep cleaning for mild cases, while more severe infections may need antibiotic therapy or gum grafts.
your dentist may suggest removing the tooth. This can help prevent the spread of infection to other teeth.
We may recommend extraction to prevent infection from developing along the gumline due to impaction.
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Frequently Asked Questions
About Gum Disease
Gum disease can be a serious dental problem that can lead to fatal consequences if left unchecked. The infection slowly breaks down the bone, causing the teeth to loosen and eventually fall out.
In addition, the bacteria may spread to other parts of your body and cause serious health problems. See the dentist immediately to preserve your gums and oral health.
- Gingivitis. It is an early-stage gum disease that has symptoms of swelling and bleeding gums and is the only time where damage can be improved. Yet, it can progress without home care or immediate treatment.
- Periodontitis. As gum disease progresses, the gums recede from the teeth and form pockets, which can fill with bacteria. It can eventually destroy the fibers and bone supporting your teeth, causing them to loosen, have decay, or require removal.
If you’re noticing early signs of gum disease, there are a few home remedies you can try to ease discomfort and prevent them from deteriorating. For instance, you can try to rinse your mouth with warm salt water to reduce bacteria and ease swelling. If you want more natural alternatives, you can make a mouthrinse made from turmeric, tea tree oil, sage, and guava leaf.
These are usually safe and conservative ways to clear up gingivitis. However, be sure to seek medical advice and see a dentist to receive treatment and professional help.
Here are some tips for preventing gum disease:
- Choose a toothbrush with soft bristles.
- Replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months.
- Ask the dentist for any recommended floss or interdental brushes to clean between teeth.
- Maintain a good oral hygiene routine.
- Have regular dental checkups and cleanings.
- Use an antibacterial mouthwash.
- Cessate cigarettes and tobacco products.