Dr. Chevalier France explains when you can find a cure or treatment for gum and oral infection in Ottawa
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A beautiful smile is one of the first things you notice when meeting someone new. Hidden beneath that smile gum infection could be lurking, just waiting to cause damage throughout your mouth. Located in Ottawa, Dr. France Chevalier educates and treats patients searching for a cure or treatment for gum and oral infection.

The gums are supportive, fibrous tissues at the base of our teeth. Healthy gums are pink in color. If the gums become infected, symptoms may include redness, swelling, toothache, bad breath, sensitive gums, and bleeding gums. Gum infection and tooth infection are two different things, but proper oral hygiene can protect the health of the gums, teeth, and oral cavity. A gum infection can range from mild to severe and may arise as irritated gums, an abscess, or gum disease. Gum disease can start out small and spread, causing damage throughout the oral cavity as it does. Periodontal disease is a common cause of tooth loss in adults.

The stages of gum disease

Dr. Chevalier France explains the stages of gum disease Periodontal disease does not appear or escalate on its own without signs and symptoms. It can start as inflamed gums and progress to affect the teeth and bones. It is caused by plaque that continually builds up on the teeth. If not removed with regular brushing and flossing, the bacteria can spread into the gums and oral cavity. This can lead to numerous dental issues including the loss of teeth.

There are three stages of gum disease.
  • Gingivitis
  • Periodontitis
  • Advanced periodontitis
Starting as plaque and tartar on the teeth, bacteria spreads to the gums, causing swelling. This is the start of gingivitis, the earliest and most common form of gum disease. In this phase, patients have red, inflamed, sensitive gums. The gums may bleed easily as well, especially when brushing or flossing.

If gingivitis goes untreated, the condition worsens and becomes periodontitis. At this point, the gums begin to recede and to pull away from the teeth. This causes spaces around the teeth where bacteria can enter and form causing infections. Plaque can form around the roots, supporting fibers, and bone.

Advanced periodontitis occurs when the bacteria and infections from the previous stages remain untreated. The infections can cause further damage to the teeth, bones, gums, and connective tissue. The supporting fibers and bone are destroyed. At this point, teeth become loose and tooth loss is possible.
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Treatment options for gum disease

The earlier gum disease is caught the better the outlook. Early diagnosis and treatment are important to keep the disease from worsening. The recommended treatment depends upon the stage of gum disease.

In the earliest stage of gingivitis, only the gums are affected. When caught, this stage is reversible as the bone and connective tissue are still intact and unaffected. At this point, a cure for the gum infection is possible. Good oral health habits get your mouth back on track. Your dentist can educate you on proper brushing, flossing, and rinsing. This removes plaque and prevents the spread of bacteria throughout the oral cavity.

Dr. Chevalier France explains treatment options for gum disease A professional dental cleaning is necessary to remove built up plaque and tartar. Your dental team cleans your teeth to remove tartar above and below the gum line. The objective of this scaling is to remove plaque and tartar that hold bacteria. Removing the bacteria prevents toxins from spreading throughout the gums and oral cavity. Irregularities are smoothed out, making it more difficult for plaque to deposit.

As with any condition, prevention is the best medicine. Following proper oral hygiene and maintaining regular dental appointments keeps your teeth, gums, and oral cavity healthy. Routine dental visits are scheduled every six months. This ensures that if new issues arise in that short amount of time, the problems can be handled quickly and effectively. If signs of gum disease arise, they can be treated before they have a chance to escalate into a more serious condition. Dr. Chevalier and her team will give you tips on proper oral health practices, good nutrition, and healthy habits.

Whether you have healthy gums or already have symptoms of periodontal disease, Dr. Chevalier can help. To learn more about treatment options for gum and oral infection, contact our Ottawa office to schedule your consultation. Call +1 (613) 233-1118.

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