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Understanding Gum Disease

What is gum disease?

Gum disease is a bacterial infection of the gums and the tissues that support your teeth. This infection is caused by the accumulation of plaque and tartar when teeth are not cleaned regularly.

The two major stages of periodontal disease: gingivitis and periodontitis
Gingivitis affects only the gums and is a benign form of gum disease that, if properly treated, can be reversed. Untreated, gingivitis turns into periodontitis where bacteria enter the tissues that support the teeth and can lead to tooth loss and serious health problems.

The best way to avoid or manage gum disease is to practice good oral hygiene and visit your dentist regularly.

You may be at risk of developing gum disease if any of the following situations apply to you:

  • Tobacco and alcohol consumption
  • Systemic diseases
  • Pregnancy
  • Some prescription drugs (talk to your dentist)
  • Steroids
  • Drugs for the treatment of cancer
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Anti-epileptic drug
  • Calcium channel blocker
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What are the warning signs?

Gum disease is considered a “silent” disease because there is not always pain. Feel free to contact the Monk Dental center if you recognize any of the following signs or symptoms:

  • Changes to your teeth
  • The way your mouth closes is different
  • Loose teeth
  • A change in the way you bite
  • Bridges or partial dentures that no longer fit properly
  • Changes to your gums
  • Redness, tenderness or swelling of the gums
  • Bleeding while brushing or flossing
  • Gums that appear to be longer
  • Bad breath
  • Persistent metal taste in the mouth
  • Wounds in the mouth
  • Pus between your gums and teeth
  • Pain in the mouth that does not improve

How to treat gum disease in Montreal?

How your dentist will treat your gum disease depends largely on the stage of your infection and the degree of deterioration of your gums, teeth, supporting tissues and bones.

After reviewing your digital x-rays and performing a complete periodontal exam, your dentist will present you with different treatment options and will be happy to answer all your questions.

We will take the time to discuss with you the number of office visits needed, what to do after the treatment when your gums heal and how to control gum disease once the treatment is complete.

If you have any questions about gum disease please get in touch with us. Monk Dental center is your partner to achieve great oral health. Call 514-768-3331 and schedule an appointment with us today.

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