Patients in the Ottawa, ON area who are focused on having a healthy smile are encouraged to work regularly with a dentist who understands the importance of periodontal treatment when necessary. There are two primary issues that can develop in a patient’s smile if they fail to take proper care of their teeth and gums: periodontal (gum) disease and cavities. Periodontal disease is a condition that can develop and cannot be cured — but it can be controlled when diagnosed and treated early.
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is inflammation of the gums that can become a much bigger problem. Periodontal disease, when left untreated, can result in a variety of symptoms, including:
These issues can be extremely devastating for the smile and can have long-term negative effects on one’s oral health and wellness. Additionally, when periodontal disease is untreated, bacteria can carry through to the rest of the body. This infection can end up everywhere and can result in other medical problems including increased risks of heart attacks and strokes. It is best for patients to take care of their smile and act as soon as they notice anything unusual with their teeth or gums.
A diagnosis of periodontal disease is often achieved with the help of our dentist. Drs. France Chevalier and Samer Nuwwareh can spot the signs and symptoms of this condition early. When it is determined that a patient has the condition, the stage it has reached will help determine what would be the most effective treatment.
The earliest stage is defined as gingivitis. Gingivitis can be treated with a thorough cleaning of the teeth and gums in the dental office. Later stages are known as periodontitis and may require more invasive treatments. This includes the use of antibiotics and a cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing. The entire process requires the attention of a dentist to monitor one’s oral health and wellness every step of the way. While the condition cannot be cured, with the help of a trained professional, patients will be able to keep it under control. This may be achieved with the use of treatment processes available with Drs. France Chevalier and Samer Nuwwareh.
Patients of all ages are at risk of developing periodontal disease. Prevention is what is so important in terms of ensuring a healthy smile for life. The key is to maintain effective oral hygiene practices every day. Patients should brush and floss their teeth after every meal to keep the surfaces free from bacteria, plaque, and tartar. Additionally, patients should schedule a visit to the dentist every six months to look for signs of periodontal disease or tooth decay. Early diagnosis and intervention are less expensive and less invasive. This proactive approach to periodontal care is key to maintaining a healthy smile. Patients should also be aware of any problems that begin within their smile which may require them to visit the dentist outside of their usual routine visits. Problems that arise or pain that develops may be an indication of a more severe issue. We welcome patients to book an appointment with Drs. France Chevalier and Samer Nuwwareh when problems arise for a quick visit and effective treatment.
Drs. France Chevalier and Samer Nuwwareh of Ottawa, ON are holistic dentists who understand a healthy, effective approach to keeping the smile beautiful and free from gum disease. If you are interested in keeping your smile healthy for life, consider working with a dentist who has your best interests at heart. Our practice is equipped with modern technologies e to ensure gum disease, cavities, and other dental concerns are addressed effectively. Contact our office at 234 Laurier Avenue West by calling +1 (613) 233-1118.