Gum disease is a condition which can develop within the bones and tissues that surround a patient’s teeth. Another phrase for gum disease is periodontal disease. Gingivitis and Periodontitis are considered as the two classifications for gum disease. Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums whereas periodontitis is inflammation of the gums and the supporting structures of your teeth and is considered as a more serious type of gum disease because periodontitis damages the bone and tissues that support your teeth.
Factors behind Gum Disease
Gum disease frequently takes place when germs, or bacteria remain on the gums and teeth for long periods of time. Plaque contains some bacteria. If the plaque in your mouth is not removed it can cause irritation to your gums which will result in swelling and bleeding. As time passes, plaque may become hard and create tartar which often may result in even more irritation to your gums. Your teeth may loosen as your gums and bone provide less support as they detach themselves from the teeth due to the disease.
The Signs of Gum Disease
Healthy gums are firm and have a pink appearance. Gums fit tightly to the teeth and bleeding when brushing will not often occur.
The indications of gingivitis consist of:
Treatment of Gum Disease
The most significant objective associated with treatment of gum disease is to have gums and bone firmly support the teeth in your mouth. It is also important to prevent infection, reduce inflammation, and prevent the advancement of the gum disease. Our dental office will provide the best treatment options based primarily on the patient’s requirements, condition of the disease and your overall health. Some options for treatment may include cleanings and nonsurgical treatment to manage the development of bacteria and possibly surgical treatments which are aimed at restoring and strengthening the tissues that support the teeth.
The information provided is for general information purposes only and not intended to replace professional care. Please consult your physician or dentist for advice and diagnoses so you can be properly treated for your specific situation.
Downsview Plaza Dental Office
1078 Wilson Avenue
(at Keele Street)
Downsview, Ontario M3K 1G6
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