Gum disease also referred to as periodontal disease is a major oral health problem that affects millions of people. Untreated gum disease will bring about problems such as heart disease, respiratory diseases, diabetes, and health problem for the unborn child.
Gum disease may present in different forms with two most common types being periodontitis and gingivitis. Gingivitis is the mild form of gum disease and has typical symptoms of red swollen gums and bleeding gums. Gingivitis can be easily treated through regular brushing and flossing. Dr. David Craig & Associates will help to diagnose gingivitis and provide a treatment plan to prevent further oral health problems.
Periodontitis is the advanced form of gum disease that requires treatment by a dentist. The condition will develop from untreated gingivitis when bacteria move from gum disease to cause chronic infection around the tooth. Gum tissue begins to pull away from your teeth causing pockets to develop. Infection in these pockets will cause a breakdown of bones and tissues that support teeth eventually leading to tooth loss. The different types of periodontitis are chronic periodontitis and aggressive periodontitis which are linked heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease.
The American Academy of Periodontology recommends that gum disease is treated through the use of non-surgical treatments. Dr. David Craig & Associates take the non-surgical approach in treating gum disease with an option such as root planing and scaling helping to remove plaque and tartar from periodontal pockets and teeth surfaces.
Immediately contact us to get an appointment if you notice any of the signs of gum disease. Check out for red gums, bleeding gums, swollen gums, and gum pulling away from your teeth/gum recession. Proper diagnosis should help you get the necessary treatment early enough before the deterioration of oral health.
Majority of patients will respond well to these non-surgical treatments for gum disease coupled with routine visits for cleaning and maintenance. Following a visit to their Ottawa dental office, you will get to know if you are a good candidate for the non-surgical periodontitis treatment. Gum disease is reversible and should not be allowed to develop and cause other problems elsewhere in the body.