PERIODONTAL (GUM) CARE

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At Dentistry on 7th, Hamilton, we believe that your gums are the foundation for your entire oral health.

Periodontal disease is a silent and painless disease, until it reaches its advanced stages. As an infection, it destroys the attachment of the gum and the bone, that supports and holds your teeth in place. Your body has to fight a continuous infection, which puts strain on the immune system. The early detection of periodontal disease allows us to treat it with less radical techniques and create healthy gums.

Slow, though progressive, periodontal disease swells the gingiva and destroys the bone that supports your teeth. Once the bone is lost, it never gets regenerated. This disease affects both men and women of all ethnic groups from teen years through adulthood. In its early stages, you may not even notice its presence. Dental hygiene habits, medications, smoking, alcohol, diet, general health or heredity may play a vital role in its progression. The initial symptoms of the disease could be swollen gums that bleed when  brushed and odorous breath. Symptoms can progress to the loosening and shifting of teeth and in the end their loss.

Research has indicated that people with periodontal disease have double the risk of developing heart disease, which could lead to a heart attack. The gum inflammation characteristic of periodontal disease creates a pathway for bacteria and plaque that enter your bloodstream. This bacteria travels in your body and may be the cause for numerous conditions. It can get lodged in your heart and become very serious, or even fatal.

One of the easiest ways to prevent the decline of your oral health is maintaining a regular schedule to have your teeth cleaned by one of the Dentistry on 7th Dental hygienists. A professional cleaning will minimize the accumulation of plaque and calculus on your teeth. Your Registered Dental Hygienist will also provide you with instruction for personalized home care. By working together, we can prevent the advancement of gum disease and guarantee healthy teeth and a healthy smile for the years ahead. Dr. Sarna and your hygienist can help in determining the best treatment based on your individual needs. If you have any questions about periodontal disease, please feel free to speak with one of our Dentistry on 7th team members Today!