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Hygiene & gum disease

Surprising but true: the major cause of tooth loss in adults is not decay- it’s periodontal (gum) disease. This is usually completely painless right up to the advanced stages.

More than half of all people over the age of 18 have at least the early stages of periodontal disease. After the age of 35 about three out of four adults are affected.

Some people seem to be more susceptible to gum disease than others. Anything from pregnancy, systemic disease (like diabetes) and certain medications can contribute to its development. Smoking increases the likelihood dramatically (and renders treatment less effective). Some unlucky folks are inherently more susceptible because of unique bacterial and chemical mixes in the mouth that encourages plaque.

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  The results of gum disease aren’t pretty. Early stages show up as persistent bad breath and swollen gums. Eventually tooth loss is inevitable.  
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However there is some good news. Once you have been diagnosed we can start you on a treatment program that involves cleaning the pockets, so the gum tissue has a chance to reattach. As co-therapist, your dentist will depend on you to continue the work at home. It is critical to the success of your treatment that you:

  1. Brush and floss twice a day, use a mouth wash.
  2. Come in regularly. Only a professional cleaning will get your teeth their cleanest.
  3. Maintain a healthy diet.

By keeping up with your home care, making sure you remove plaque every day and sticking to the treatment program prescribed by us, you will preserve your natural teeth for as long as possible.

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Take this simple test to see if you have any of the warning signs:

  • Gums pulling away from teeth
  • Bleeding gums while brushing, flossing or using a toothpick
  • Tender or red gums
  • Bad breath
  • Toothaches
  • Loose or separating teeth
  • Changes in the way your teeth fit together when chewing
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If you have noticed any of these warning signs  don’t delay, contact us!

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Examples of Gum disease



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  • Osteoporosis
  • Heart Disease and Stroke 
  • Pregnancy Problems
  • Diabetes
  • Respiratory Diseases

For further information visit: www.perio.org


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