Enjoy periodontal treatment to address infections 

Many patients incorrectly believe that our teeth are not made to last a lifetime. But, with proper care, patients can keep their natural teeth for life. However, certain conditions that can develop due to poor oral health habits may put the smile at risk. That includes conditions such as periodontitis, or gum disease, and gingivitis. When gum inflammation and infection occur, patients must get the care they need from a North York, Ontario dentist to control the condition and maintain the natural teeth within the smile! 

What is periodontal disease? 

Periodontal disease is an infection that starts in the gums, which is how it got its alternative name of “gum disease.” The earliest stage known as gingivitis is curable with treatment. That may include a deep cleaning of the teeth and gums and the use of antibiotics. If untreated, gingivitis can become more severe and develop into periodontitis, an incurable infection that will require lifelong care and attention to maintain the natural tooth, bone, and gums. 

Periodontal maintenance 

Once the dental team at Respond Dental has addressed the current infection with antibiotics and treatments such as scaling and root planing, then maintenance is needed. Patients who have had periodontal disease might need more routine visits to the dentist, often every three to four months instead of the standard six. That allows the dental team to monitor the patient’s oral health and provide effective treatments as soon as possible to avoid infection and the loss of teeth, gum tissue, and bone.

Gum Disease
The 3 stages of gum disease are gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. Gingivitis is caused by toxins irritating the gum line as a result of plaque buildup. Signs and symptoms of gingivitis includes swelling, sensitivity, and bleeding of the gums during brushing and flossing. Gingivitis can be easily reversed through professional care and good home oral hygiene. Periodontitis is categorized by irreversible bone loss that results from untreated gingivitis. The gums may begin to form a pocket below the gum line which traps food and plaque. Dental treatment and home care can help prevent from further damage, but at this stage, the results are not reversible. Advanced periodontitis is when the fibers and bones supporting the teeth destroyed. This may cause teeth to shift or loosen. Teeth may have to be removed depending on how advanced the disease has become and if treatments are not effective. You can begin by preventing gum disease with good oral health. Pick up a brochure or ask your dentist today.

Do you have gum inflammation? 

North York, Ontario patients who have been diagnosed with periodontal disease or who believe they may be dealing with the condition that needs further attention from a dental professional will want to book an appointment with the team at Respond Dental. Drs. Roodsar, Gholizadeh, and Rezaei of Respond Dental believe in providing immediate treatment when problems arise to ensure a healthy smile. Call (416) 318-7465 to request an appointment with our team located at 45 Sheppard Avenue East, Suite #108. We are open to new and returning patients and families seeking comprehensive dental care, including gingivitis treatment and periodontal maintenance.