The term “Periodontal disease”, better known as “gum disease”, affects the gums, teeth and the bone supporting the teeth.

If Periodontal disease is not treated, you could experience tooth loss, pain, severe infections and other health problems such as heart disease.

You can prevent periodontal disease by regular visits. We encourage you to practice consistent and thorough oral hygiene everyday like daily brushing, flossing and antiseptic rinsing. Eat nutritionally balanced meals and avoid smoking and chewing tobacco if you would like to help prevent periodontal disease.

If you have any of the following signs, you may want to book an appointment to see us about treatment:

Tender, red, swollen or bleeding gums

Bad breath or bad taste in your mouth

Brown, hard deposits on tooth surfaces (known as calculus)

Loose teeth

Pain when chewing

Pus around teeth and gums

Sensitive teeth

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Smokers are five times more likely than nonsmokers to have gum disease. Smoke damages gums making them more susceptible to bacterial toxins. Other factors that can affect your gums include, stress, changes in hormone levels and diabetes.

Did you know….
People with diabetes are more likely to have periodontal disease than people without diabetes. Research suggests periodontal disease may make it more difficult for people who have diabetes to control their blood sugar. Periodontal disease triggers the body’s inflammatory response which can affect insulin sensitivity and ultimately lead to unhealthy blood sugar levels. The management of periodontal disease can help reduce the risk of developing diabetes and can also help people with diabetes control their blood sugar levels.

Researchers have found that people with periodontal disease are almost twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease (heart disease) as those without periodontal disease. Periodontal disease can also exacerbate existing heart conditions and could even be a risk factor leading to a stroke.

Speak to us if you are concerned about the health of your gums. We have various treatments for periodontal disease which can include removing the plaque buildup from the teeth and from any pockets around them. Other treatments can include antimicrobial therapy, antibiotic gels and a strict regimen of daily care.


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