Think You Have Gum Disease? Here's a Guide to Checking Your Gums
Gum disease is a preventable oral health condition that nonetheless affects a large percentage of Canadians of all ages, from all across the country. As it progresses, gum disease can result in tooth loss, so it is important to catch signs of the condition early on. At Westmount Dental Centre, our dentists provide diagnosis and treatment for gum disease among our comprehensive dentistry services.
Here's what you need to know about what causes gum disease, how to check your gums, and how gum disease is treated.
What Causes Gum Disease?
Gum disease is caused by plaque bacteria - the same bacteria that causes tooth decay. When too much plaque builds up on the gum line, it can lead to an infection. The main reasons for having too much plaque bacteria in the mouth are poor oral hygiene and neglecting to go for regular check-ups with an Edmonton dentist. Eating a lot of sugary and starchy foods can also contribute to the development of gum disease, as it provides fuel for plaque bacteria.
How to Check Your Gums
One of the most common signs of gum disease is gums that regularly bleed after brushing and flossing. If this happens to you, then it's a good idea to take a look at your gums in front of a well-lit mirror. Simply pull back your lips and take a look for any of the following signs of gum disease:
• Gums that are red
• Gums that appear swollen
• Gums that are tender to the touch
• Gums that appear to be receding
• Gums that appear to be pulling away from the teeth
• Teeth that seem to be loose or shifting
Other symptoms which may not be visible but which can also signify gum disease include:
• Sensitive teeth
• Bad breath
• A persistent bad taste in the mouth
• A metallic taste in the mouth
• A change in your bite
How is Gum Disease Treated?
If gum disease is caught in its early stages, improving your brushing and flossing habits and visiting your dentist more regularly can often help reverse it without any additional treatment.
For cases of gum disease that are more progressed, your dentist may prescribe antibiotics to help reduce the severity of the infection. Procedures such as scaling and root planing can also be used to remove the built-up plaque from surfaces of your teeth that are both above and below the gum line. In more severe cases, gum surgery may be needed.
Think You Might Have Gum Disease? Visit an Edmonton Dentist Today
Having a family dentist in Edmonton is important for catching signs of gum disease early. Regular dental check-ups will allow your dentist to keep tabs on the health of your gums and give you pointers for taking care of your oral health at home, such as how to improve your brushing and flossing habits and how to eat for healthy teeth and gums.
If you have any concerns about your dental health, don't hesitate to contact Westmount Dental Centre and schedule an appointment today.