Our periodontal service in the Burlington, Hamilton and Stoney Creek area and the surrounding area specifically addresses the health of the gums and other structures that support the teeth. Unhealthy gums can lead to diseases such as gingivitis and, if left untreated, can lead to tooth loss. Taking care of teeth and gums on a regular basis sidesteps the need for more serious dental work. Plaque is the most common culprit of periodontal issues. Here are some things to do now to keep your gums healthy.
What is Gingivitis?
Gingivitis is the most common periodontal problem. Symptoms can include bleeding gums, purplish or shiny appearance to gums, tender or swollen gums, or tenderness, and bad breath. While plaque is usually the precursor to gingivitis, sometimes hormonal changes can complicate the situation. If gingivitis is left untreated, it could lead to periodontitis. The consequences of periodontitis may be lesions, bone loss, tissue pockets of bacteria, and the formation of fibrous connective tissue and scarr
ing. Though gingivitis and periodontitis sound like serious issues, even a visit to a dental hygienist to remove tartar can allow the gums to begin healing. Most treatment will include scaling and root planing or the items from the list above. It is only when gum disease becomes serious that our periodontist will need to recommend other procedures.
If you want additional information on proper gum and periodontal care, schedule an appointment to meet our skilled periodontists. Your oral care is our passion, and we appreciate the opportunity to serve you.