Gum disease is a serious condition which can impact the health of your teeth and gums as well as lead to serious issues including stroke and heart disease. At the Calgary general dentistry practice of Dr. Mehbs Ali and Dr. Sahra Kanji, we help patients build a strong dental health foundation in order to provide the best defense against the dangers of gum disease.
Gum Disease Prevention
The primary identifiable cause of gum disease is plaque buildup. The bacteria present can multiply and eventually infect sensitive gum tissue, spreading gradually over time and creating pockets that separate the teeth and gum tissue. Other causes of gum disease include:
- Genetic predisposition
- Smoking and tobacco use
- Pregnancy and hormonal changes
- Certain medications
- Poor nutrition
While some cases of gum disease are unavoidable, you can prepare yourself by maintaining good dental hygiene practices, eating a healthy diet, and scheduling regular dental visits with Dr. Kanji, Dr. Ali and their hygienists for a professional teeth cleaning.
Catching Gum Disease Early
You should be aware that gum disease is often treatable, but rarely reversible. There are several stages to the disease process, and our goal is to catch it as early as possible. If left untreated, gum disease can result in tooth loss and significant jawbone degradation. However, the outlook is extremely positive for patients who have access to periodontal treatment during the initial stage of gingivitis.
Early periodontal gum treatment is much more affordable and less time consuming than intensive therapy for more advanced stages of gum disease. Deep cleaning to halt the spread of disease is much less invasive than the surgical options often required in severe cases. At your regular checkups, we will perform a thorough periodontal evaluation to make sure we catch the development of gum disease at its earliest stages.
It is important to notify Dr. Kanji or Dr. Ali at once if you notice any of the following signs of gum disease:
- Sensitive or painful gums
- Bright red gums
- Loose teeth
- Gum recession
- Tooth pain
- Abscesses on gums
- Swollen gums
- Chronic bad breath
- Bleeding gums, usually after brushing, flossing, or eating