How Proper Home Care Helps Avoid a Serious Visit to a Hamilton Periodontist
Our periodontal service in the Burlington, Hamilton and Stoney Creek area and the surrounding area specifically addresses the health of the gums and other structures that support the teeth. Unhealthy gums can lead to diseases such as gingivitis and, if left untreated, can lead to tooth loss. Taking care of teeth and gums on a regular basis sidesteps the need for more serious dental work. Plaque is the most common culprit of periodontal issues. Here are some things to do now to keep your gums healthy.
Brush thoroughly twice a day
Visit a dentist or hygienist every six months
Use anti-bacterial mouthwashes
Use anti-cavity or anti-gingivitis toothpaste that contains fluoride or hydrogen peroxide
Avoid tobacco chewing or smoking
What is Gingivitis?
Gingivitis is the most common periodontal problem. Symptoms can include bleeding gums, purplish or shiny appearance to gums, tender or swollen gums, or tenderness, and bad breath. While plaque is usually the precursor to gingivitis, sometimes hormonal changes can complicate the situation. If gingivitis is left untreated, it could lead to periodontitis. The consequences of periodontitis may be lesions, bone loss, tissue pockets of bacteria, and the formation of fibrous connective tissue and scarring. Though gingivitis and periodontitis sound like serious issues, even a visit to a dental hygienist to remove tartar can allow the gums to begin healing. Most treatment will include scaling and root planing or the items from the list above. It is only when gum disease becomes serious that our periodontist will need to recommend other procedures.