It’s estimated that 4 out of 5 adults have some form of periodontal disease and don’t even know it, remaining unaware of the problem until the damage is visible, because the disease is usually painless in its early stages. Periodontal diseases damage the teeth, gums and jawbone of more than 70% of Canadians by the age of 45, and adults past the age of 35 lose more teeth as a result of periodontal diseases than from dental cavities.
Periodontal diseases are caused by a buildup of plaque & tartar on the crown and root surfaces of the teeth. If the plaque is not removed it will continue to accumulate and create toxins that will damage gum tissues.
The disease forms just below the gum line and establishes small pockets containing bacteria, plaque & tartar that begin to separate the gums from the teeth. The first sign may be blood on your toothbrush after brushing.
Remember, most people don’t experience pain with early periodontal diseases, so if you suspect that you have any of the following symptoms or conditions, you should schedule an appointment with us for a complete evaluation. Unfortunately, sometimes even with the most diligent home care, people can still develop some form of periodontal disease. Once this disease starts, professional intervention is necessary to prevent its further progress.
Please Take Our Periodontal Health Questionnaire
- Do your gums bleed during brushing?
- Are your gums red or swollen?
- Are your gums receding from your teeth?
- Do you have persistent bad breath?
- Are your teeth loose and separating?
- Do you have missing teeth?
- Are some teeth too long, or too short?
- Do you smoke or chew tobacco?
- Are you under unusual stress?
- Did your mother or father lose their teeth?
Fact is, good oral hygiene and regular professional care are the keys to preventing periodontal disease from ravaging your dental health. Your teeth were meant to last a lifetime and with a little tender, loving care, they can!
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