Have you been told you have gum disease? It may come as a surprise because you don’t have pain or other obvious symptoms. Unfortunately, that is where many patients fall into its trap. Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, “silently” damages your gums and surrounding tissues without apparent signs. Nevertheless, there are subtle indicators you should be vigilant about that should prompt you to seek timely treatment.
Would you like to learn more about periodontal disease? Please get in touch with ClearCare Periodontal and Implant Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba. But before that, please take a moment to read the following post for a deeper understanding of gum disease.
Periodontal disease is the infection of the gums and the tissues around them. Gum disease occurs when plaque accumulates in the mouth. This sticky, colorless film forms in your mouth when food particles mix with saliva. If plaque isn’t removed with brushing and flossing, it calcifies into tartar, which can only be removed by a dentist.
Gum disease develops in two main stages. These include:
Healthy gums are pink, fit snugly around teeth, and don’t bleed. When you see changes in your gums, however subtle, don’t brush it off as another mere inconvenience. Gum disease isn’t painful, so be on the lookout and seek prompt treatment.
Our periodontists — Drs. Hoda Hosseini and Katie Chung — diagnose gum disease by examining your gums for signs of swelling, redness, recession, and bleeding. We may also use a periodontal probe to confirm the diagnosis. If the depth between your gums and teeth is more than three millimeters, it may indicate the presence of gum disease. The deeper the periodontal pockets, the more advanced your gum disease is.
Treating gum disease depends on its stage. Gingivitis can be reversed with good oral hygiene, but advanced gum disease requires additional treatments.
Our periodontal team offers the treatment options below.
Preventing gum disease is the most cost-effective method for safeguarding your oral health, and good oral habits are vital to keeping your gums free from infection.
Brush your teeth twice daily, floss daily, and see a dentist every six months. Furthermore, avoid smoking and manage systemic diseases that make you vulnerable to gum disease.