Gum disease is an inflammation of the gum line. If it is left untreated, it can damage the bones that support your teeth. Symptoms of gum disease can include swollen, tender, or bleeding gums. You could also suffer from receding gums or persistent bad breath. Screening and treatment are available at our Surrey, BC dentist office.
When your body senses threats like infections, lacerations, or foreign bacteria, it rushes to try to heal and protect the area being threatened. This inflammatory response in healthy individuals kills off bacteria and helps to speed healing.
Unfortunately, when your body detects plaque, tartar and bacteria in your mouth, instead of actively attacking the bacteria, your gum tissue tries to protect itself by backing away.
If the early stages of gum disease are left untreated, gums will recede away from the teeth, which can trigger other dental and systemic health problems.
Signs Of Gum Disease
Gum disease hurts millions of people each year and many don't even know they don't have this serious condition until it has advanced to a point that requires treatment by a dentist.
However, you can be aware of these common symptoms of gum disease:
- Loose teeth or teeth separating from each other
- Mouth pain - including swollen and red gums
- Receding gums
- Excessive bleeding after brushing and flossing your teeth
- Mouth sores
- Consistent bad breath that doesn't respond to traditional treatment, like mouthwash
- Noticeable pus between your teeth and gums
- Your partial dentures aren't fitting securely anymore
- A change in the way you bite or the way your teeth fit together
If you're concerned you might be seeing the signs of gum disease, schedule an appointment with Southridge Dental today. We can assess your symptoms and create a treatment plan specialized to your dental needs.
Gingivitis is often painless at first, making it difficult to diagnose without regular dental checkups. Inflammation of the gums can be a potentially serious condition, which is why it’s vital to get regular dental exams from Southridge Dental.
If you have been diagnosed with or are concerned you might have gingivitis, our team provides a range of treatments to reverse or stop gum disease’s progression. If you are in the early stages of gingivitis, most treatment options don't require surgery.
Southridge Dental provides gentle gum disease treatment with Perio Protect®. In addition to your regular preventive teeth cleaning appointments, you will wear the Perio Tray® at home to deliver medication between dental visits.
Many patients suffering from periodontal disease only need to wear the tray for a few minutes a day to effectively treat their gum disease symptoms.
Have Questions About Your Gum Disease Treatment Options?
Are you experiencing the signs of gum disease? Don't put off your treatment any longer! Call Southridge Dental today so we can answer any questions you have and schedule your dentist appointment as soon as possible.
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