April 15, 2017
Do your gums bleed when you brush your teeth? This is a sign of gum disease, one of the biggest causes of bone and tooth loss in adults over the age of 30. Your dentist in Scarborough,
Dr. Samantha Arti and Dr. Arti Patel, urge you to prevent this threat to oral and systemic health. At White Willow Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, the professional team provides comprehensive dental care to patients of all ages, including periodontal therapy in Scarborough.They educate their patients on how to recognize gum disease in its earliest stages.
The Symptoms of Gum Disease
As it is developing, gum disease, or gingivitis, has few to no symptoms. However, if you notice that your gums bleed when you brush and floss, you likely have gum problems. If not addressed, gingivitis progresses to more serious periodontitis which exhibits:
- Redness and swelling of the gums
- Pus at the gum line
- Bacteria-filled periodontal pockets (areas where the soft tissue pulls away from tooth surfaces)
- Mobile teeth
- Teeth that fall out
- Persistent bad breath
- Jaw bone deterioration
While poor oral hygiene contributes to gum disease, other risk factors include heredity, diabetes, hormonal fluctuation during menopause and pregnancy, tooth grinding (bruxism), and smoking.
In addition, the American Academy of Periodontology states that periodontitis appears to damage your overall health in various ways, including:
- Making you susceptible to infections such as the flu and pneumonia
- Increasing your risk of stroke, hypertension, heart attack and other cardiovascular issues
- Developing a higher risk for Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes
- Complicating pregnancy
- Increasing the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease
- Increasing the risk of inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis
Don’t Leave Gum Disease Untreated
As serious as gum disease is it can be treated if you act upon it. The dentists at White Willow Family & Cosmetic Dentistry evaluate their patients for gum disease as part of routine semi-annual exams and cleanings. If problems arise, they treat the tooth surfaces and roots below the gum line with an ultrasonic scaler to remove harmful plaque and tartar. The treated areas are irrigated to remove debris, and antimicrobial medication heals the gums and prevents additional infection.
Dr. Amaro and Dr. Patel also use soft tissue laser therapy (LANAP) for the most advanced cases of periodontitis. A focused beam of light removes damaged gum tissue and stimulates healthy soft tissue and bone to regrow so that the gums reattach to root surfaces. The dentist removes any hard tartar (calculus) and irrigates the area to eliminate debris and toxins. Patients find this soft laser treatment comfortable with less bleeding and discomfort than conventional scaling and root planing.
Partner with Your Dentist in Preventing Gum Disease
Keep your gums and teeth healthy by brushing twice daily and flossing once a day to remove the sticky plaque that builds-up on teeth and at the gumline. Eat a nutritious diet with plenty of water, fruits, and vegetables. Limit starches and sugar, and stop smoking or chewing tobacco.
Of course, see your dentist twice a year for exams and hygienic cleanings. Preventive dental care gives you the best advantage in keeping your gums healthy and strong. Please
contact White Willow Family & Cosmetic Dentistry today to schedule your routine appointment. We have Saturday hours for your convenience.
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