Spot The Signs Of Gum Disease And Follow These 3 Tips To Prevent It

Floss to avoid gum disease
Floss to avoid gum disease

You may have periodontal (gum) disease and not even know it, and as your dentists in Edmonton at MAK Dental, we want to help you avoid the serious health implications that can come with untreated gum disease.

We’re not trying to scare you, but … nearly half of adults have some degree of it and many don’t know it. Associated periodontitis is the most severe form, it is linked to serious health conditions like uncontrolled diabetes and cardiac disease. If allowed to progress from gingivitis (completely reversible) to periodontitis (irreversible, but treatable) the longevity of your teeth is compromised.

That’s why you can trust us – your dental health professionals at MAK Dental – to spot the signs, diagnose the level of disease, and recommend the right treatment to protect your smile and overall health.

What Causes Gum Disease? 

After devoting many years to research, scientists and dental professionals have found that different forms of oral bacteria are to blame and the type change as the disease progresses. Gum disease develops when the bacteria accumulates. You know it as plaque, the clear and sticky film that you see and feel when it builds up on and between your teeth and gums.

When you develop gum disease, you probably won’t exhibit any symptoms at first. However, as gum disease worsens over time, you will experience swollen, tender and/or bleeding gums. An unpleasant taste in your mouth is also likely. As the disease progresses, other symptoms can include receding gums, loose teeth, and mouth sores.

How Serious Can Gum Disease Be?

An infection can do a lot more damage than just cause inflamed gums. It can destroy the structures that support your teeth – ligaments and bone. Ultimately, tooth loss will occur if left untreated. Scientific research also supports a strong link between gum disease and other serious systemic medical conditions like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.

It’s possible to prevent – and even reverse – gum disease, but we have to do it hand-in-hand. At MAK Dental, we encourage an easy 3-step preventive measure: brush at least twice a day, floss every day, and come see us, your dental hygienists and dentists in Edmonton, for regular teeth cleaning and checkups!

If you’re showing signs of gum disease, give us a call right away. We will complete a thorough exam of your teeth and gums, plaque level, bone structure, and check for risk factors. If there’s anything you should be doing differently to keep your smile healthy, we’ll let you know exactly what that is.

Then you can smile with confidence, knowing that you’ve taken all the right steps to help your smile stay healthy and beautiful. Call us today!

Yours in excellent dental health,
Dr. Mary Ann Kuharchuk & Dr. Jason Nijjer, your general dentists in Edmonton