Periodontal Disease Treatment in East Toronto
Periodontal disease (Periodontitis) damages the gums, ligaments and bone structure that support your teeth. It is caused by the bacterial infection associated with plaque. Plaque is that clear sticky substance that builds throughout the day on your teeth which is removed by regular brushing and flossing. Plaque that isn't cleaned off through brushing and flossing hardens into tartar which must be removed by a dentist through 'scaling'.
Periodontal disease can be treated and like most ailments, the earlier it is detected the better.
The early stage of periodontal disease is Gingivitis. Gingivitis is extremely common and usually defined by mild gum irritation, minor bleeding during regular brushing and flossing and occasional bad breath caused by the gum infection. Gingivitis is caused by the bacteria from plaque under the gum line. Gingivitis is controllable and treatable with regular brushing and routine dental visits for a thorough cleaning.
What to look for:
- Gum symptoms
- Gums that bleed during normal (even gentle) brushing and flossing
- Gums that are tender, sensitive or even painful to the touch
- Gums that are swollen
- Gums that appear shiny or bright red (like in many infections)
- Gums that are receding
- Teeth that are loose in an adult
- Teeth that appear unusually long (due to receded gum)
- Teeth with excessive tartar buildup along the visible gum line and in the 'pocket'
- Frequent or continuous bad breath
- Overall discomfort in the mouth
At Danforth Neighbourhood Dental Centre in Toronto, ask Dr. Syriopoulos how he and this Danforth dental team can help you treat periodontal disease.