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Gum Disease

One might think that caring for your gums and teeth is as easy as one, two, and three with brushing teeth, flossing and using mouthwashes. But for others who suffer gum problems, it is not that easy.

Periodontal or gum disease is an infection with inflammation of gums. It is caused by the build up of plaque on tooth and often under the gum tissues. If not removed on regular basis, these plaque carry bacteria that can potentially damage the gums and the bone structures and ultimately cause loss of the teeth. It is important to have your gums checked for early signs of disease which might include the following:

  • Bleeding gums while eating foods, brushing or flossing
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Red, tender, inflamed gums
  • Receding gums
  • Gum sores in your mouth

Even with correct brushing and flossing if gum disease has set in, no matter what is achieved with oral hygiene it cannot rid the bacteria burrowing in the pockets of the gum and it continues unchecked in a slow often painless progressive disease.

Once assessed, you will undergo the treatment suitable for your gums. Depending on the treatment that will be used, the following are the procedures your periodontists will do to treat gum disease:

  • Scaling and Prohylaxis
  • Oral hygiene instruction
  • Laser Therapy
  • Periodontal surgery
  • Antibiotic treatment

Having healthy gums contributes to a perfect and more attractive smile on your face. Talk to our team and discuss about the benefits of having healthy gums.

At About Smiles we have dental hygienists and Specialist Periodontists that can assist with this more complex area of gum maintenance. Please contact us to see how we can help you.