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FAQ’s Frequently Asked Questions

What is gum disease?

Gum disease is also called “periodontal disease.” Periodontal disease is caused by plaque remaining on your teeth. This causes inflammation in your gums and eventually your gums begin to pull away from your teeth. If periodontal disease is not treated properly, the tissues that support your teeth can become damaged, and lead to tooth loss.

What are some signs and symptoms of periodontal disease?

Symptoms of periodontal disease include:

Red and swollen gums that bleed easily when you brush or floss
Gums that have pulled away from your teeth
Bad breath
Pus between your teeth and gums
Loose teeth
Change in the way your teeth fit together when biting or a change in the way your partial denture fits.

There are various stages of periodontal disease from early gingivitis to advanced periodontitis. Red and swollen gums that bleed are a sign of gingivitis. At this stage, the disease is easily reversible with proper home care and a professional cleaning. More advanced periodontists requires a deeper cleaning below the gum line, also called scaling and root planing.

How can I prevent periodontal disease?

To prevent periodontal disease:

Brush your teeth at least 2 times a day
Clean between your teeth with floss or other interdental cleaners
Visit your dentist regularly for a cleaning and check-up
Ask your dentist or dental hygienist how you can improve your home care
Quit chewing tobacco or smoking
Work with your physician to maintain your overall health

Am I at a higher risk for periodontal disease?

Research has shown associations between periodontal disease and many other conditions.

Persons with diabetes, heart disease and smokers are at an increased risk of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease makes controlling blood glucose levels harder. Diabetes also can cause dry mouth and a fungal infection called thrush. Thrush is caused by the increased glucose level in the saliva and a dry mouth leading to painful white patches in your mouth. By controlling your blood glucose levels, brushing and flossing daily and visiting the dentist regularly you can prevent periodontal disease. If your diabetes is not controlled you are more likely to develop these problems.

When should my child start going to the dentist? 

Children should first begin seeing the dentist at age one or after the eruption of their first tooth.


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