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Ottawa area dentist describes the symptoms of gum disease

Oral health is a big deal. By taking good care of the smile, patients in and around the Ottawa area are able to reduce their risk of developing problems such as dental caries and periodontal disease (also referred to as gum disease). Dr. France Chevalier and her team welcome patients to their practice to learn about the signs and symptoms of gum disease and what to do if problems arise.

Gum disease (periodontal disease) is an inflammatory condition that can result in an infection of the gums. This, in turn, can develop into further problems and concerns. Periodontal disease is known for wreaking havoc on the smile and can cause the loss of bone, gum tissue, and teeth. Prevention is necessary to keep these conditions from developing and maintaining a healthy smile.

Dr. France Chevalier discusses with her patients the symptoms of gum disease so patients know what to look for and when to visit their dentist for treatment. Gum disease is characterized by concerns including bleeding while brushing and flossing, persistent bad breath, and swelling and redness of the gum tissue. When these problems are spotted, patients are encouraged to contact their dentist and make an appointment for immediate examination and treatment.

Patients must know that the earlier stages of gum disease, such as gingivitis, can be reversed, but once it has become more advanced, patients can only control the condition and not cure it. This is why it is essential that patients know the early signs and take action before it becomes a serious, chronic problem. The more advanced stages of periodontal disease can have a huge negative impact on the health and wellness of not only the smile but the body due to the oral systemic connection.

If you believe you may be dealing with gum disease, Dr. France Chevalier encourages you to contact her practice and book a consultation appointment and examination for further information regarding the condition of your smile. Her team is here to help in addressing the problem and bringing the smile back to health whenever possible.

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