Routine Dental Check-Ups Help in Preventing and Treating Early Gum Disease
Gingivitis is the medical term that is used for inflammation of the gums; the most common cause of this inflammation is the bacteria found in the plaque that continually forms on your teeth. Gingivitis is essentially an early stage of gum disease and some of its common signs and symptoms are:
- Swollen or bleeding gums
- Persistent bad breath (or halitosis)
- Gums are bright red or purple in colour
- Gums that are tender or painful to the touch
- Bleeding of the gums after brushing or flossing
For a majority of patients, routine dental check-ups and cleanings about twice a year, plus proper at-home dental care between visits, is often sufficient to prevent or treat gingivitis. During these check-ups, the Family Dental Care team will be happy to provide feedback on the condition of your gums and offer suggestions on maintaining or improving your gum health.
Take Appropriate Action to Prevent Tooth Loss from Advanced Gum Disease
In some cases, an inflammation of the gums may advance to the point where it affects the bone and tissue that surround and support your teeth; this is a more severe form of gum disease and it is commonly accepted as the number one reason for tooth loss.
There are several factors that may increase the risk of developing advanced gum disease. These would include:
- Poor dental hygiene
- Genetics or heredity
- Smoking or chewing tobacco
- Lack of exercise or physical work
- Poor diet (lack of fibrous foods and vitamins)
- Pre-existing medical conditions (e.g.: diabetes)
- Misaligned teeth that are difficult to keep clean
- Dry mouth (lack of saliva production or a side effect of prescription medications)
Under these circumstances, patients may require further or more extensive gum therapy to prevent bone and tissue loss that can eventually lead to tooth loss. In such cases, Family Dental Care may recommend and provide any or all of the following non-surgical treatment options:
- Changing the number of dental check-ups/cleaning appointments per year so that you get the right treatment for your dental health
- Cleanings done above and below the gum line to remove plaque and tartar
- Scaling and root planing – completed in the office under a local anaesthetic
- Scaling – scraping plaque/tartar from above and below the gum line
- Root planing – smoothing of rough spots on roots to remove bacteria
The above treatments are customized to your specific needs and provided with your utmost comfort in mind. While these procedures might require more appointments than routine cleanings, they are often enough to address more severe gum disease without going to the added expense and discomfort of surgical treatments.
If you suspect that you may have gingivitis or a more severe form of gum disease, call the Family Dental Care clinic today at 613-736-5000 or contact us to schedule a check-up and cleaning at your earliest convenience to prevent the condition from worsening.