Prevent Gum Disease with a Skilled Dentist Near Downtown Edmonton

Did you know that gum disease can affect your overall health? That is why it’s important to deal with it as soon as possible. At Joly Dental Care, we can help you tackle the problem of gum disease and work with you to lessen the impact on your body.


What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease is any type of infection that occurs in the gums and in the soft tissue that supports the teeth. It is very common; in fact, Edmonton dentist Dr. Joly sees many patients every day that have the most common forms of gum disease which are gingivitis and periodontitis.


What is the Difference Between Gingivitis and Periodontitis?

Gingivitis is a mild inflammation of the gums, whereas periodontitis refers to an advanced state of gum inflammation and deterioration of the soft tissue and bones around the teeth.


If not treated, gingivitis can develop into periodontitis. Both are the results of poor dental hygiene and not having regular checkups and dental scaling (a professional cleaning done at a dental clinic).


Gingivitis Causes

Gingivitis is most often seen from plaque that has accumulated under the gums. This can occur if you do not brush or floss often enough, if you have poor brushing technique or if you have certain other risk factors such as a family history of gum disease, cancer or diabetes or if you smoke cigarettes.


Symptoms

  • Redness in your mouth
  • Puffiness or swollen gums
  • Gum sensitivity
  • Occasional bleeding from the gums


Treatment: Regular scaling done by a hygienist; good nutrition; proper brushing and flossing and regular follow-up visits to your Edmonton dentist for checkups and cleaning.


Periodontitis

Causes

Untreated plaque under the gums from inadequate dental hygiene and not having regular checkups and cleaning done.


Symptoms

  • Chronic bad breath
  • Discomfort from sensitive and/or sore gums
  • Gums that are red or purplish
  • Swollen gums
  • Pus near the gums
  • Pain when chewing
  • Loose teeth
  • Gums that are pulling away from the teeth
  • Teeth that appear to be longer


Treatment: A deep cleaning, which involves tooth scaling and root planing. You may also require some oral surgery, such as flap surgery or bone and gum grafts.


How Gum Disease Can Affect Your Overall Health

Inadequate oral hygiene—not brushing at least twice per day and flossing once per day—causes plaque to spread to the gum line. Plaque and hardened tartar are known to harbour bacteria that is harmful not only to your teeth and gums but to your organs as well.


In other words, when the bacterium infiltrates your blood system, they can travel around your body and cause heart and respiratory problems.


The Best Way to Prevent Gum Disease

“Brush twice, floss once” is a good rule of thumb for daily gum disease prevention. However, that alone is not enough. It is also important to have a dental checkup and cleaning done every few months.


Please contact us to make an appointment with Dr. Joly, an Edmonton dentist with extensive experience in treating gum disease. We want to help you stay healthy and smiling brightly. Call today!


Treatment: A deep cleaning, which involves tooth scaling and root planing. You may also require some oral surgery, such as flap surgery or bone and gum grafts.


How Gum Disease Can Affect Your Overall Health

Inadequate oral hygiene—not brushing at least twice per day and flossing once per day—causes plaque to spread to the gum line. Plaque and hardened tartar are known to harbour bacteria that is harmful not only to your teeth and gums but to your organs as well.


In other words, when the bacterium infiltrates your blood system, they can travel around your body and cause heart and respiratory problems.


The Best Way to Prevent Gum Disease

“Brush twice, floss once” is a good rule of thumb for daily gum disease prevention. However, that alone is not enough. It is also important to have a dental checkup and cleaning done every few months.


Please contact us to make an appointment with Dr. Joly, an Edmonton dentist with extensive experience in treating gum disease. We want to help you stay healthy and smiling brightly. Call today!

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