Bleeding gums? It could be a sign of gum disease!
While tooth decay is bad, it is not the leading cause of tooth loss in adult Canadians. Periodontal gum disease is the main culprit. Gum disease is caused by dental plaque, a thin layer that collects around your teeth at the gum line due to a lack of proper brushing and flossing.
Left undisturbed, the biofilm grows and hardens into tartar which is causes inflammation over time. Inflammation disrupts the gum tissues and the periodontal membrane that joins tooth to bone to ultimately cause bone and tooth loss. There is usually no pain associated with the early stages of gum disease which is the reason why it can go undetected until it reaches an advanced stage.
Common signs of gum disease:
- Chronic bad breath
- Red, swollen or bleeding gums
- Loose or sensitive teeth
- Painful chewing
- No symptoms at all
Have you been diagnosed with Gum Disease? Let’s consider your treatment options!
At Oakville Dental, our professional dental hygiene team can help you restore the health of your gums. To fight gum disease, we often use a treatment called scaling and root planing. This deep-cleaning procedure is used to remove the layer of dental plaque and tartar from the affected root surfaces. In more advanced cases, surgical treatment may be required. Successful control of gum disease requires that you take an active role in maintaining good oral hygiene at home plus regular professional maintenance and a balanced diet.