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Dentistry and oral care for you and your family
Gum disease is one of the most common problems that dentists and hygienists have to deal with. Gum disease is caused by the bacteria in plaque and tartar that builds up on the teeth. Gum disease will cause inflammation and bleeding of the gums and if left untreated will result in irreversible damage to the bone supporting the teeth. This can cause the teeth to become loose and may result in their premature loss.
If caught early, gum disease can be treated and bone levels maintained and the gums made healthy and stable.
The symptoms of gum disease are not always obvious but can include:
Taking good care of your teeth and gums also benefits general health. Gum disease has a proven link to certain conditions such as heart disease and the increased risk of strokes. Poor oral hygiene, smoking, diabetes, certain long term medications and family history are the most common risk factors for gum disease but early detection and treatment can significantly slow the progression of the disease.
Regular examinations with a Dentist and visits with an Oral Hygienist will allow gum problems to be diagnosed and dealt with quickly, with regular maintenance visits to ensure continued oral health. These visits include measurement of any gum disease, plaque and tartar control with scaling and polishing of the teeth as well as demonstrating the most effective techniques for each patient to achieve good oral hygiene.