Preventive dentistry: avoid gum problems

Do you experience pain and discomfort in your gums?

Periodontics prevents and treats infections of the tissues that surround and support your teeth, namely the gums and bone. In adults, periodontal disease is the leading oral health problem and the primary cause of tooth loss. Nearly 75% of adults will suffer from some degree of gum disease during their lifetime. Gingivitis is the most common form of gum disease. At this stage, the bone surrounding the tooth is not affected. The gums, however, are inflamed and bleeding is present. When tartar accumulates under the gum line, the body reacts to defend itself and a process of loss of attachment and bone destruction is triggered. Bone defects are visible on x-rays and detectable during your dental exam. A deep cleaning and root planing will be indicated in order to treat periodontitis.

It is important to manage gum disease quickly to limit its consequences. In the long term, people with periodontitis will notice a considerable decrease in the level of the gums, revealing the roots of the teeth. Empty spaces will form between the teeth, making it easier for food to accumulate. The more severe the stage, the more demanding the maintenance becomes. Don’t let things progress, ask your dental team about the condition of your gums so you can react quickly.