Nasty breath, bleeding with brushing/flossing, swollen gums… most of us are no stranger to at least one of these symptoms. Commonly associated with periodontal or gum disease (the primary reason for tooth loss), it’s important to act fast as soon as any of these signs arise.
Periodontal disease is an oral health issue affecting the supporting soft and hard tissues of the teeth. When a proper oral care routine is neglected, the bacteria around the gum line can accumulate and attack the gums and bone.
The mildest type of periodontal disease is referred to as gingivitis, and can eventually advance to periodontitis if neglected care.
Some patients are more prone to gum disease than others. Luckily, certain habit changes can lower your risk significantly.
Risk factors for periodontal disease include poor nutrition, smoking/using tobacco, genes, age, certain medication or medical conditions, and teeth grinding or clenching.
Generally, periodontal disease can be reversed in its early stage if improvements to oral care habits are made. Some cases of advanced periodontal disease may require surgical therapy to treat, so keep in mind that prevention and early detection is essential.
Maintaining a consistent and thorough oral hygiene routine (properly brushing twice a day and flossing once a day), as well as eating a balanced and healthy diet play a vital role in the prevention of gum disease.
In addition to daily oral hygiene practices, it’s important not to forget to see our Thornhill dentist and hygienist regularly for a check-up and cleaning, as those hard deposits of plaque require professional attention. If you’re finding it hard to break certain habits like smoking or grinding your teeth, speak to a health care professional for guidance and support.
Thornhill Smiles Dental happily helps patients prevent and treat all forms of periodontal disease.
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