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Understanding gum disease: Did you know?

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Understanding gum disease: Did you know? Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.

What causes gum disease? Our mouths are full of bacteria. These bacteria, along with mucus and other particles, constantly form a sticky, colorless “plaque” on teeth. The bacteria in plaque release toxins that irritate gum tissues. This condition is gum disease.

Symptoms of gum disease:
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Bleeding
  • Gums that pull away
  • Changes in bite
  • Bad breath
What could increase the risk of gum disease?
  • Not regularly brushing your teeth well at home
  • Not getting regular dental cleanings
  • Smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Having gum disease in your family
  • Eating a diet that is low in vitamins and minerals
  • Having high stress
  • Grinding or clenching your teeth
Stages of gum disease:
  1. Gingivitis
  2. Periodontitis
  3. Advanced Periodontitis
Stages of gum disease:
  1. Gingivitis-gums are mildly inflamed, appear red or swollen and may bleed during brushing.
  2. Periodontitis-gums begin to pull away from the teeth allowing plaque bacteria to infect tooth roots, supporting fibers and bones.
  3. Advanced Periodontitis-supporting fibers and bones are destroyed. Teeth are loose and may need to be removed.
Treatment: With regular, professional scalings, dental hygienists help control the bacteria that cause gum disease and tooth decay. Gum disease is preventable!
  • Brush and floss everyday
  • Stop smoking
  • Reduce stress
  • Maintain a well-balanced diet
  • Avoid clenching and grinding your teeth
  • Get a professional dental cleaning at least twice a year!
Call Dr. France Chevalier today for your consultation appointment and stay gum disease free!
When you think of dentistry, you probably think of teeth. However, it is about far more than that. A dentist is a doctor of oral health. A holistic dentist, such as Dr. France Chevalier, is concerned with an even broader spectrum of well-being. She understands that you cannot have a healthy body with an unhealthy mouth, which is why she offers comprehensive dental care, to address all of your oral health needs. Periodontics is the aspect of dentistry that focuses on tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth, including guns, ligaments, and bone.

The importance of periodontal health

Periodontal disease is an infection of the gingival (gum) tissue, which causes chronic inflammation. It is often painless, with few noticeable symptoms, yet it is insidiously destructive. This condition is often called a silent killer. That term may be a bit strong, but it is not unfounded.

Periodontal disease can cause tooth and bone loss, but it is not directly fatal. However, extensive scientific research has connected this condition to heart disease, respiratory problems, diabetes, stroke, problematic pregnancies, and more. According to a national study, Canadian adults (between the ages of 36 and 69) with severe periodontal disease are three to seven times more likely to die of heart disease than those with good oral health.

Prevention and treatment of periodontal disease

Periodontal disease is more prevalent than you may realize. According to the Canadian Health Measures Survey, about one out of three Canadian adults have gingivitis, the earliest form of the disease. About 20 percent have moderate or severe periodontal disease and many are unaware of the problem. The statistics and risks of periodontal disease may be alarming, but there is one very reassuring fact. A cooperative effort between you, your dentist, and your hygienist can prevent, control, or cure oral infections.

The best option, naturally, is prevention. Good oral hygiene and regular dental care are the key ingredients for a healthy mouth. Dr. Chevalier, and her team of hygienists, will teach you the most effective methods of brushing and flossing. She will also advise you about good nutrition, healthy habits, and the best oral hygiene products.

It is never too late to have great oral health. If you already have periodontal disease, Dr. Chevalier can help. In the earliest stage (gingivitis), the infection can be cured with no lasting effects. Early detection of oral health problems is one of many reasons regular dental visits are important. As the disease progresses, it causes loss of bone and gum tissue, eventually loosening teeth. However, even in severe cases, the infection can be controlled, preventing further damage. Research has shown that treating periodontal disease lowers the level of C-Reactive proteins and other health risk factors.

Dr. Chevalier is your partner in great oral health, and great whole health. Call +1 (613) 233-1118 and schedule an appointment today.

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