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How Untreated Periodontal Disease Claims Your Smile

August 19, 2019
Posted By: Dr. Youngwoo Joo
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Gum disease in Toronto, ON means severe infections of the soft tissues, periodontal ligaments, and bones that support your teeth. Without treatment, gum disease compromises these tooth-support structures until they can no longer house your teeth.

Fortunately, gum disease treatments in Toronto, ON can halt the progression of gum disease before it claims your smile.

What Is Gum Disease?

In gum disease, also called periodontal disease, plaque buildup and bacteria create pockets below the gum line, a prime environment for infection. In the early stages—gingivitis—your Toronto, ON dentist can often reverse the process and restore your oral health.

Causes of Gum Disease

Gum disease is usually caused by poor oral hygiene or lack of appropriate dental care.

A good oral hygiene routine requires brushing and flossing at least twice per day and visiting your Toronto dentist regularly for exams and professional teeth cleanings.

Regular exams and periodic x-rays can help your dentist detect dental problems before they become serious issues. For example, regular dental exams can uncover gingivitis before it becomes gum disease.

Professional teeth cleanings help clear away the bacteria, plaque, and tartar that leads to gum disease.

Other factors may contribute to gum disease or exacerbate the symptoms, including:

  • Smoking
  • Genetics
  • Dry mouth

Gum disease not only claims your smile, but studies have found that it may also contribute to (or be linked to) other health conditions, including:

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Alzheimer’s disease

Gum Disease Treatment in Toronto, ON

Our Toronto, ON dentist examines your teeth and gums and decides on a course of treatment that addresses your unique disease progression.

Treatments may include scaling and root planing (cleaning below the gum line), antibiotics, and a specialized oral health routine to follow at home.

Contact Our Etobicoke Dental Office Today

Gum disease treatment in Toronto, ON can stop the progression of periodontal disease and save your smile. Get in touch with us to schedule a dental exam