Advanced Gum Disease
There are many myths and misconceptions when it comes to gum disease.
These often lead to fear and anxiety amongst patients, as they are not sure what is the truth and what is made up when it comes to gum disease.
The best advice we can offer if you are worried about the health of your own gums is to get in contact and we can arrange a consultation to analyze your specific situation.
However, until then, here are some things to consider when it comes to gum disease:
1. Pay attention to bleeding gums
Don’t ignore bleeding gums because you don’t think it is a big deal, or because you are scared to find out it is something serious.
Red, swollen and bleeding gums are important signs of periodontal disease.
If you notice bleeding while brushing or flossing, or when eating certain foods, you should schedule a visit with your dental professional to be evaluated for periodontal disease.
2. Floss every day
Routine oral care is essential to prevent gum disease.
This includes brushing your teeth after every meal and before bedtime and flossing at least once a day.
It is vital that you stay on top of your daily oral care, and see a dental professional for a thorough check-up twice a year.
If gum disease is diagnosed, you can then book a consultation with one of our periodontists, a dentist who specializes in treating periodontal disease.
3. Don’t be afraid of the periodontist
Periodontists are gum disease experts. They have trained for three or more years of following dental school, so they are highly trained in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of periodontal disease.
Our periodontists use the latest treatments and technologies, using innovative tools such as digital radiography, ultrasound technology, biomarker measurement and laser therapy to help make your visit more comfortable.
4. If you do lose a tooth to gum disease – it doesn’t mean a lost tooth forever
Gum disease is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. However, in addition to treating gum disease, periodontists are also experts in placing dental implants – a convenient and comfortable way to permanently replace missing teeth.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into the jaw to hold a replacement tooth.
5. Poor oral hygiene isn’t the only cause of gum disease
Forgoing good oral hygiene can certainly contribute to the progression of gum disease.
But there are a variety of other factors that can also impact your risk: tobacco, stress, poor diet, and even genetics can also play a role.
However, there are many myths and misconceptions surrounding gum disease.
Make sure to schedule regular checkups with your dentist at Alfa Perio to ensure your gums are healthy.