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Patients in Ottawa ask about the difference between a dentist and a periodontist

A dentist specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of conditions and diseases of the mouth, teeth, and gums. A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of periodontal disease. A periodontist often treats complex cases of periodontal disease. Patients in Ottawa rest assured they have a holistic dentist, Dr. France Chevalier, in their hometown. Dr. Chevalier provides care for teeth and gums in her dental practice. If there is a severe case of periodontal disease, she can work with a periodontist to ensure the patients receive the best treatment possible. However, Dr. Chevalier is committed to educating patients about the symptoms of periodontal disease and encourages early intervention if warning signs appear.

How periodontal disease develops

The first stage of periodontal disease is gingivitis. A warning sign of the infection is bleeding gums when brushing or flossing. In the second stage of periodontal disease, the gum can separate from the teeth. The pockets between the teeth and gums are more likely to become infected. At this stage, the disease is irreversible. However, Dr. Chevalier can devise a treatment plan to stop its progression.

Recognizing the warning signs of periodontal disease

The symptoms of periodontal disease include:
  • Receding gums
  • Swollen gums
  • Bad breath
  • Shifting teeth
  • Changes in bite
  • Pain
  • Pus

Knowing the risk factors of periodontal disease

Some patients may be more susceptible to periodontal disease. Risk factors include lifestyle choices and habits. Smoking may not only wreak havoc on your overall health but it leads as one of the most significant risk factors of periodontal disease. A poor diet can affect the immune system and make it difficult to fight off an infection, which can lead to periodontal disease. Clenching and grinding the teeth as well as improper oral hygiene habits can increase the risk of the disease. Although they are inevitable, genetics and aging are other causes.

Have you experienced any of the aforementioned symptoms? If you have, do not delay treatment. Dr. Chevalier and the team can stop the progression of periodontal disease. Schedule a consultation appointment by calling +1 (613) 233-1118 today.

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