Gum Disease Prevention

What is gum disease?

Periodontal disease (or "gum disease") is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults in Canada. Gum disease is caused by a bacterial infection and inflammation in the gums. If the infection is able to progress, it destroys the tissue that surrounds and supports the teeth.

What are the symptoms of gum disease?

The symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Tender gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Swollen gums
  • Mouth sores
  • Gums that appear bright purple or red-purple
  • Persistent bad breath

Will the symptoms of gum disease appear right away?

Gum disease often presents no symptoms in its early stages. As gum disease progresses, it can lead to recession of the gums, bone loss, and even loss of teeth.

How will I know if I have gum disease?

Gum disease can be difficult to detect as it often develops without exhibiting any symptoms whatsoever. At Fort Malden Dentistry, our dental hygienists and dentists are trained to identify the signs of early gum disease. Early detection is vital to the successful treatment of this progressive disease. This is one of the reasons why regular oral hygiene checkups are so crucial to maintain good dental health. If our skilled team does confirm you have gum disease, we will explain your options and assist you to choose the best treatment for you.

How will my dental team at Fort Malden Dentistry treat my gum disease?

How we will treat your gum disease depends on its severity. If we do diagnose gum disease, our helpful team will work with you to develop a treatment plan to address your individual needs. Possible treatment options include changes to your at home dental hygiene routine, more frequent visits with our dental hygienist, or in-office procedures. In some cases, surgery might be recommended. As always, our experienced staff would be pleased to answer any questions you might have about this, or any other dental concern.

How can I prevent gum disease?

Excellent oral hygiene is the best way to avoid the discomfort and significant complications of gum disease. Our knowledgeable team will be more than happy to assist you in developing a home care routine that gives you the best chances of avoiding this inconvenient and painful disease.


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