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Don't let gum disease ruin your smile.

Having strong teeth is one of the foundations of good oral health. But did you know that our gums also play a huge part in keeping our smiles healthy?

Periodontal (Gum) Disease

Red, swollen and bleeding gums are common symptoms of periodontal or gum disease. This is often caused by poor oral hygiene.
The early stage of gum disease called gingivitis usually poses zero or very little pain or discomfort.
Left untreated, this could advance to a more serious form of gum disease called periodontitis. Periodontitis is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.

Gum Disease Treatment

Gingivitis is reversible. Efficient good oral hygiene and regular visits to your hygienist for professional cleaning can reverse the disease.
Periodontitis may require scaling and root planing that go deeply below the gum line. This treatment is often followed by adjunctive therapy such as antimicrobials or antibiotics. Your dentist may refer you to a Periodontist, a dental specialist in gum treatments. A Periodontist may use laser or other regenerative procedures to make your gums healthy again.

Factors that contribute to gum disease

  • Inadequate oral hygiene
  • Systemic diseases like diabetes and cancer
  • Smoking and tobacco use
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Insufficient nutrition
  • Stress pregnancy
  • Certain medications

Symptoms of gum disease

  • Gums that are swollen, red and bleed easily
  • Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
  • Constant bad breath
  • Teeth that seem loose
  • Change in the way the teeth fit together when you bite
  • Change in the way your dentures fit
  • Pus between your teeth and gums