Here is a statistic that should make everyone sit up and take notice: seven out of ten Canadian adults will have gum disease at some point in their lives. It is preventable, though, and also treatable at Love Your Smile in Kelowna.
Gum disease 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 twice a year.
Risk factors for developing 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 a patient gets 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.
The plain truth is that anyone can get gum disease. But there is always hope; the earlier it is detected, the sooner treatment can begin. People from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 come to Love Your Smile in Kelowna for xxx and much more. Call for an appointment today!
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