Healthy Gums & TeethGum disease... most patients aren't aware they have it.
Proper hygiene care and regular checkups are key to
maintaining healthy gums and teeth.
Periodontal disease is a common oral infection. Gum disease is a painless and slow progressing disease that destroys the bony support of the teeth, and because it doesn’t usually hurt, most patients aren’t aware they have this problem.
Early diagnosis and treatment is very important! Our hygiene department will schedule regular recall appointments to prevent periodontal disease from developing.
Research has shown that periodontal disease may be associated with several other diseases like diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and respiratory problems. While more recent research demonstrates that inflammation may be responsible for periodontal diseases, the fact that many gum diseases are caused by bad oral health remain. Aggressive brushing and flossing are other cause of damage to perfectly healthy gums.
Studies show, most people have some kind of mild gum disease which silently survives, however it doesn’t mean not to pay attention. Ignoring mild gum disease can cause more serious problems. Since gum diseases can be easily ignored due to their slow progression and painless nature, regular check-ups are recommended. Often we can treat and reverse gum disease without surgery, especially when it is caught early. If disease has progressed, surgical gum therapy may be necessary.
Periodontal diseases vary from simple gum inflammation to serious gum disease that results in major damage to the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth in the jaw. Most common gum diseases are gingivitis, periodontitis or receding gums.
For more information see The Canadian Academy of Periodontology at www.cap-acp.ca
A Typical Dental Hygiene Appointment
Many people wonder what to expect during an appointment with the dental hygienist. During your visit, the dental hygienist will:
- have prepared for your appointment to ensure your safety
- review your chart and medical history
- review your current medical status with you – there are many medical conditions and medications that may influence dental hygiene treatment
- examine your head and neck for abnormalities
- examine your tongue, gums, teeth and all other areas of your mouth
- measure the attachment of the gums to your teeth (probing)
- record all findings on your chart
- take prescribed radiographs (x-rays), usually once per year, and have the dentist interpret them for dental hygiene and restorative purposes
- scale your teeth using hand or mechanical instruments removing hard and soft deposits (plaque and tarter)
- polish your teeth, if needed, to remove stains
- if needed:
- apply fluoride to strengthen teeth
- apply agents to desensitize teeth
- apply pit and fissure sealants to seal grooves for decay prevention
PROVIDE EDUCATION DURING ALL PHASES OF TREATMENT
customize an oral care program for you – you will be informed on, and given advice about matters related to your oral health including nutrition, smoking cessation and plaque control and the use of various oral care products, their purpose and effective use. They will recommend how often you should be seen throughout a year based on the health of your tissues and your adherence to a maintenance program