Everything You Need to Know About Gum Disease

Gum disease is a serious issue. It affects 80% of people over the age of 35. But how do you know if it will affect you? Taking care of your gums is an integral part of your overall oral health routine. Here at Panatella

Dental, our primary goal is to help you take proper care of your mouth. Let our team of dental professionals tell you everything there is to know about gum disease.

What is periodontitis?

Periodontitis is the proper name for what most people call gum disease. Some of the main symptoms of periodontitis include inflammation, redness and bleeding of gums. These are the body’s natural defence against accumulated bacteria on your teeth. 

What causes it?
Simply put, gum disease is caused by an excess of plaque. Plaque is loaded with bacteria that can be dangerous for your oral health. Your immune system will try to fight off the bacteria by releasing substances that inflame and damage your gums. This will, in turn, cause your gums to swell and bleed.

What happens if I leave it untreated?
Leaving periodontitis untreated is a bad idea. Prolonged cases will cause your gums to pull away from the root and form infected pockets between your teeth. Severe gum disease can lead to bone loss, which will cause your teeth to become loose and eventually fall out—or require extraction. If you’re in Panorama Hills, Hidden Valley, Northern Hills or any NW Calgary community, contact our office for a consultation with a dental professional.

Symptoms and treatment
There are a few telltale signs you could be developing gum disease. Here is a list of some of the symptoms: bleeding gums after brushing, swollen gums, receding gums, loose teeth, foul taste in mouth and changes in the way
your teeth fit together when biting down. Treatment largely depends on the stage of the disease, but can range from non-surgical therapy to surgically restoring the tissue beneath your gums.

Is gum disease linked to other medical conditions?
Yes, gum disease is indeed linked to other medical conditions. How is that possible? Well, for people with weaker immune systems, bacteria in the mouth can make their way into the bloodstream and create complications resulting in atherosclerosis, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and respiratory disease, among others.

For dental cleaning and implants in Calgary, call the office of Panatella Dental. Our friendly staff will make sure you receive the treatment that’s right for you. Visit us here for more information regarding our treatments and services.

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