The symptoms of gum disease include gums that bleed during and after tooth brushing. Other symptoms may be redness, swelling or tender gums. Depending on the severity of the issue one may experience persistent bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth. Other symptoms of gum disease are receding gums, formation of deep pockets between teeth and gums, loose or shifting teeth.
We can stop the onset of this condition in its tracks!
Gum disease is mostly preventable. Good oral hygiene and regular visits to your dentist is all that is required. At Sydney Road Dental Care we generally recommend every 6 months for an examination and clean. Every few years dental x-rays are required to ensure nothing is missed.
There are three stages of Gum Disease
This is the earliest stage of gum disease, an inflammation of the gums caused by plaque buildup at the gum line. If daily brushing and flossing do not remove the plaque, it produces toxins (poisons) that can irritate the gum tissue, causing gingivitis. You may notice some bleeding during brushing and flossing. At this early stage in gum disease, damage can be improved, since the bone and connective tissue that hold the teeth in place are not yet affected.
Our dentists can easily clean the buildup at your bi-annual dental examination and clean and stop the onset of this condition in its tracks.
When gingivitis is left untreated, the supporting bone and fibers that hold your teeth in place are irreversibly damaged. Gums form visible pockets below the gum line where food and plaque gets regularly trapped. Urgent dental intervention is required and improved home care can usually help prevent further damage.
This is the final stage of gum disease and the patient’s teeth can usually not be saved at this stage. The fibers and bone supporting teeth are destroyed, which leads to loose teeth. A very uncomfortable situation where your bite gets affected. Our dentists will work with you to try to keep the teeth and you may need to see a gum specialist otherwise known as a periodontist. Failing which, teeth may need to be removed. Our dentists will be able to discuss the steps to use implants or dentures depending on the severity of your situation.
What to do if you think you may have gum disease
At Sydney Road Dental Care we focus on early detection and prevention. If you think you may have any of the symptoms of gum disease contact us so that you can have a thorough examination and consultation. Follow this link to learn about your first visit with us or simply contact us for an appointment.