Our visiting Periodontal Specialist is committed to preventing gum disease, and helping our patients maintain healthy gums.
Types of Gum Disease
Gingivitis is the first stage of the disease. The gums are irritated by plaque and its toxin by-products, which causes inflammation and making them likely to bleed.
As calculus and plaque continue to build up, the gums will start to recede. Bacteria and pus will begin to fill the pockets between your gums and teeth. This can cause moderate bone loss.
Teeth lose more support as the gums, bone, and periodontal ligament continue to deteriorate. The affected teeth should be treated as soon as possible, otherwise they will become loose and may be lost.
Signs of Gum Disease
You may have gingivitis or periodontitis if you experience the following:
- Bleeding gums
- Loose teeth
- New spacing between teeth
- Persistent bad breath
- Receding gums
- Red and puffy gums
- Tenderness or discomfort
The type of treatment you receive will depend on the severity of your gum disease.
Our specialist will do a thorough assessment and create a personalized plan based on your needs.
If the disease is caught early enough, we will recommend maintaining a good homecare routine combined with regular cleanings.
If you have been experiencing any of the symptoms above, please give our team a call today.
Full-Family, Full-Life Dental Care
At Alaska Avenue Dental, we are here for you and your family... for life. Whether you simply need a regular check-up and hygiene, you believe you need a filling or crown, or you or your children may need orthdontic care, we are your one-stop dental practice in Fort St. John, BC.
Tips for a Healthy Smile from the Alaska Avenue Dental Team
Sugar plays a big role in the development of cavities. Avoid foods with 'hidden' sugars, like crackers, processed food, and milk. Brushing twice daily, swishing with water or chewing sugarless gum after meals can reduce the harmful of effect sugar on your teeth.