Calgary dentist promotes periodontal wellness
Gum disease is a pervasive and serious health condition with many intricate links to systemic health concerns. The leading cause of tooth loss worldwide, gum disease is estimated to affect more than half of the adult population of North America.
Gum disease starts out as gingivitis, during which bacteria present in plaque invades the gums. Inflammation and bleeding after brushing are typically the first signs of gingivitis. In this early stage, gingivitis can be treated by controlling the bacteria and risk of infection. Left untreated, periodontitis can develop.
Layers of the gum can pull away from the teeth, creating spaces where debris can collect and become infected. The bacteria from the plaque can then grow below the gum line.
At Dr. Robertson and Dr. Redd Dental Health, located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and serving neighboring communities such as Airdrie, Canmore, and Red Deer, we believe in helping our patients to prevent gum disease with regularly-scheduled examinations and professional cleanings and the development and maintenance of a lifelong dental health and hygiene routine.
Some patients, approximately 30 percent of Americans, are genetically at risk for developing gum disease, however, there are steps that you can take to prevent gingivitis and periodontitis, including:
- Avoid all tobacco products including chewing tobacco. Smokers face a significantly higher risk of gum disease and ultimate tooth loss.
- Eat a nutritious and well-balanced diet, which can strengthen your immune system and fight off infections. Antioxidants in foods that contain vitamin C and E also promote your body’s ability to repair tissue damage.
- Manage stress for a healthier immune system.
- If you grind or clench your teeth, seek treatment for the cause. The excess force placed upon the tissues that support the teeth can lead to erosion or distress.
- Establish and maintain a trusting relationship with your dentist and dental team.
Visit your Calgary dental team of Dr. Kindal Robertson and Dr. James Redd if you begin to notice symptoms of gum disease such as:
- Chronic bad breath or an unpleasant taste in your mouth
- Bleeding gums after brushing
- Inflammation, swelling, or sensitivity in your gums
- Long Teeth indication Recession of the gum tissues
- Development of pockets along the gum line
- Changes in your bite or fit of dentures
- Shifting or loosening of your teeth
For more information about preventing gum disease, contact our friendly and knowledgeable staff today at (855) 316-7161.