Gum Disease and Gingivitis in Calgary

Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that resembles red (instead of pink) swollen gums that bleed when brushed and flossedDentists in SW Calgary  are familiar with the signs of gingivitis and are able to provide solutions to stop the inflammation, and prevent gingivitis from becoming gum disease.

What is Gingivitis?
Gingivitis is the gum’s response to bacteria on the surface of teeth – bacteria, that is present in plaque, releases toxins that results in gums becoming inflamed, puffy, bright red and makes them prone to bleeding with the slightest amount of probing.  Gingivitis in Calgary is usually a result of poor home care – lack of good oral hygiene – that should consist of brushing after each meal, and flossing daily.  The availability of travel size toothbrushes, and tooth paste, makes it easy to keep your teeth and gums clean while on the run.  SW Calgary Dentist – Dr. Andy Hoe – of Bite Dental in Shawnessy encourages all patients to make brushing and flossing a priority as these simple steps can help keep patients out of the dental chair and away from extensive dental treatment.

Gingivitis is the result of a build-up of plaque on tooth surfaces
Plaque is formed when the starches and sugars in food react with the natural bacteria found in our mouths – causing a sticky substance to form on teeth.  This sticky substance is easily removed with a tooth brush and floss, but if left to harden, it forms calculus which no regular tooth brush can remove.  Calculus needs to be removed by a dental hygienist who has access to equipment that makes light work of this hard substance. The reason why your Calgary Dentist and Hygienist encourage brushing several times a day is that it prevents plaque from reforming.  Plaque can form very quickly on tooth surfaces and if not disturbed (brushing) will remain and go on to harden.  Dentists in SW Calgary don’t discuss the importance of correct oral hygiene to nag patients – rather to share basic information that can make the difference between a healthy mouth and a mouth that is at risk for dental issues and overall health concerns. Gingivitis is not the end of the world, and most people experience gingivitis at some point in their lives, but it is a wake-up call to pay attention to your dental health and home care routine.  Gingivitis is easy to prevent, stop, and reverse – but requires you to see your Calgary Hygienist for a routine cleaning and maintain the clean surface of your teeth by daily brushing and flossing.  If using an electric tooth brush has not been part of your regular routine, you may want to consider implementing this affordable tool in to your home care.  Studies show that the use of an electric tooth brush can significantly remove more plaque than manually brushing.

How does Gum Disease Begin?
Gum disease – or periodontal disease – occurs when the sticky substance (plaque) is not removed from teeth, due to poor or infrequent brushing, and is allowed to harden and buildup on teeth and root surfaces.  The hardened plaque – calculus – presents the perfect surface for more bacteria and toxins to adhere to as its rough surface attracts particles.  The difference between gingivitis and periodontal disease is that it’s not isolated to just gum tissue but involves other tooth supporting tissues – ligaments and bone – that when compromised can lead to premature tooth loss.  Adults lose teeth to periodontal disease more than tooth decay.  What’s unfortunate is that periodontal disease can be easily prevented – by adhering to a proper home care routine, seeing your Calgary Dentist and hygienist regularly, and by not letting gingivitis progress.

Stop Smoking – Stop Gum Disease
One of the main risk factors of developing gum disease is smokingSW Calgary Dentists encourage patients to stop the use of all tobacco products as the negative effects it has on the mouth and teeth can be devastating.  Oral cancers increase in smokers – but can be detected early during a routine dental exam.  For more information on gingivitis, periodontal disease and the importance of regular dental cleanings – contact Bite Dental today 403.201.2483

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