Gum disease is more common than you might think. At Love Your Smile in Kelowna we see patients with gum disease almost every day. It’s a serious matter, but can usually be avoided with regular brushing at home, and preventative dentistry.
Some people aren’t even aware they have it until we see it during a checkup. It’s a treatable condition, although the earlier the diagnosis the better.
Gum disease is an inflammation or infection of the gums. It is usually the result of poor brushing and flossing habits. When you don’t brush and floss on a regular basis, there is a build-up of plaque, which hardens into a substance called tartar. That’s why we recommend our patients brush and floss twice a day. It’s the best way to prevent plaque from building up.
No amount of brushing and flossing will remove tartar from your teeth. It takes a professional cleaning to remove it, which is why we want to see our patients on a regular basis – twice a year, in most cases.
In addition to poor oral hygiene, risk factors for gum disease include:
- Smoking, which is the most significant
- Certain illnesses, like AIDS, and their medication
- Medication that reduces the flow of saliva
The symptoms of gum disease include:
- Red or swollen gums
- Chronic bad breath
- Painful chewing
- Sensitive teeth
- Receding gums
The type of treatment for gum disease depends on the extent of the condition. Part of the treatment might include behavioral changes, like giving up smoking. And it is essential that the patient adopts good daily dental care.
Anyone can get gum disease, but preventative dentistry at Love Your Smile in Kelowna can help keep your gums healthy. Patients from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 also come to us for clear braces and all their dental health needs. Schedule an appointment today!
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