What is it?
Periodontal disease is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth, including inflammation and infection of gums, ligaments, and bone.
Periodontal disease is also a leading cause of tooth loss in Canadian adults: studies indicate that at least 75% of North Americans over age 35 have some form of periodontal disease.
The two main forms of periodontal disease are:
- Gingivitis (gum disease), and
- Periodontitis (gum and bone disease).
Periodontal therapy includes both surgical and non-surgical techniques to restore health to these tissues that support the teeth (gums and bone) and prevent tooth loss. The best starting point to control gum disease involves deep-cleaning therapy which may include, but is not limited to, techniques like Scaling and Root Planing.
Why might you need it?
Signs of periodontal or gum disease include, but are not limited to:
- Red, swollen or tender gums or other pain in your mouth
- Bleeding while brushing, flossing, or eating hard food
- Gums that are receding or pulling away from the teeth, causing the teeth to look longer than before
- Loose or separating teeth
- Pus between your gums and teeth
- Sores in your mouth
- Persistent bad breath
If any of the above sound familiar, you may be a candidate for periodontal therapy.
What can The Esthene Dental Centre do for you?
Good oral hygiene and regular dental examinations are absolutely crucial in prevention and early detection of gum disease – which sometimes develops without any warning signs, and can actually remain undetected until it becomes severe. For example, a recent study found that 8 out of 10 people surveyed believed they did not have periodontal disease, but 7 out of 10 was actually already exhibiting one or more symptoms.
Regular check-ups and periodontal disease screenings at The Esthene Dental Centre are key to ensuring that your oral health remains optimal, and your gums and bones remain disease-free.
Don’t become a statistic: avoid gum disease with good oral hygiene and regular dental examinations at The Esthene Dental Centre.