Gum health is an important aspect of the oral care you will receive with our clinic. Your gums form the foundation of your teeth and, ultimately, your smile. Gum disease is a major cause of tooth loss among adults. Most adults are unaware of gum disease. Yet, when it is properly diagnosed and treated early, it is completely possible to save teeth.
Gum disease is an infection that affects the tissue surrounding teeth. It is caused by a build-up of plaque. Plaque is a soft, sticky layer of bacteria that forms on the surface of teeth, crowns, dentures, and fillings. When it is not removed regularly, plaque hardens – forming tartar. Tartar causes gums to slacken around the teeth. In advanced cases, tartar causes bone to be lost around the teeth. In turn, this causes teeth to become loose. Some common signs of gum disease include bleeding when you brush or floss, red and swollen gums, bad breath, a bad taste in the mouth, or the loosening of your teeth. If you smoke, have certain medical conditions (such as diabetes mellitus), are pregnant, or take certain forms of medication, you may be prone to gum problems. It is essential that you visit your dentist for regular hygiene appointments. This includes professional teeth cleaning and advice about taking care of your teeth, gums, and smile.