In accordance with the American Dental Association’s (ADA) recommendations, you should visit the dentist once every six months for a regular cleaning and examination. This recommendation isn’t just for dentists to profit, either. Seeing the dentist regularly prevents against serious conditions that could cause you to lose your teeth.
Gum Disease Cause
Gum disease, also referred to as periodontal disease, is an infection of the gums. It starts as gingivitis, which is inflammation of the gums. Bacteria forms on the teeth, especially from food particles that contain sugar, remaining on the teeth. The bacteria forms plaque, which is a stick film over the teeth consisting of bacteria. Without it being removed, it’ll continuously stay and worsen on the teeth. This bacteria will irritate the gums if it remains on the teeth, first causing gingivitis. Even if you brush and floss your teeth at home and refrain from eating foods with high contents of sugar, you could still develop bacteria on your teeth if you don’t see the dentist for a thorough cleaning from a professional.
Signs of gingivitis include red and swollen gums that may bleed when you brush or floss. At this stage, you don’t usually have pain, so you may not even realize you have gingivitis. If you don’t see the dentist at this point, the gingivitis will remain and continue to thrive. Eventually, it will turn into gum disease. Calgary dentists have the potential to detect it early and remove the bacteria
When you have gum disease, you’ll notice your gums will bleed easily. The gums become more swollen, and tenderness and severe redness will arise. Your gums pull away from your teeth due to the bacteria creating pockets beneath your gumline. Your breath may smell from the bacteria. You might also have a bad taste in your mouth, which sometimes occurs randomly. Gum disease causes the permanent teeth to become loose or separate from other one another as a result of the pockets. You might notice the way your teeth fit together will change.
Treating Gum Disease
Once gingivitis turns into gum disease, you can’t reverse the damage. However, at this stage, the dentist will advise you on ways you can minimize the damage at home and through thorough cleanings in the office. These thorough cleanings are known as deep cleanings or a root planing and scaling. Scaling consists of the dentist removing all the tartar and plaque above the gumline as well as below the gumline. Calgary dentists will clean to the bottom of the pocket. The planing portion of the cleaning begins at the root and is comprised of the dentist smoothing out the roots of the teeth, so the gums reattach to your teeth.
Seeing the dentist regularly is essential for preventing bone loss in the jaw as well as tooth loss. Good oral hygiene at home just isn’t enough to ward off gum disease. C U Smile, serving Calgary, AB and the surrounding area, offers routine cleanings in addition to treatment for periodontal disease.