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What is Gum Disease?

On January 30, 2019 North Vancouver Dentist Dr. Ho

At Third Street Dental, our team of dentists and hygienists boast decades of expertise in all facets of dental care. From general hygiene to more invasive surgeries and procedures, you can trust that you and your family are in great hands the minute you step into our office.

Some dental issues are more common than others, but our team is well equipped to deal with them all.

Many of these issues, such as gum disease, can arise from a variety of sources. If you notice early signs of gum disease schedule an appointment today to let us help you before it gets too late.

What are the symptoms of gum disease?

Like any disease, symptoms of gum disease can manifest in a variety of ways – some more obvious than others.

In some patients, gum disease may develop painlessly, making it difficult to identify until late in the game.

As far as noticeable signs go, gums that bleed while you care for your teeth at home is a good indication that you may have gum disease.

Additionally, red or swollen gums, bad breath, receding gums, or loose teeth can be signs of advancing gum disease.

What are the health risks of gum disease?

It should go without saying that gum disease is bad for your mouth. Bacteria build up in your gums will affect your teeth and can cause serious dental issues.

If left untreated, research has also tied serious gum disease to other health issues as severe as diabetes, heart disease, strokes, and birth challenges – all the more reason to visit Third Street Dental and have us look at your gums and teeth today.

What is the best treatment for gum disease?

Treatment for gum disease varies from patient to patient and case to case but ultimately it all boils down to getting your gum disease infection under control.

At Third Street Dental we will always start with a deep clean and do what we can to clean underneath your gum line to remove any tartar, plaque, or bacteria build-up.

From there, your options will vary drastically from case to case. Some patients will respond well to antibiotics while others may require surgery. Our expert dentists will have the best recommendation for your specific case.

Conclusion

Gum disease is not something to be taken lightly, and you should schedule a visit to Third Street Dental upon the first signs of something out of the ordinary.

Dr. Andrew Ho is our resident expert on all things dentistry including the prevention and treatment of gum disease.

You can rest easy knowing that Dr. Ho will create the perfect plan for your specific situation and return your mouth to its once healthy self in the most efficient, effective, and affordable way possible.