Gum disease prevention and treatment in Vancouver, BC
Four out of five people have periodontal disease and don’t know it! The reason that most people are not aware that they have gum disease is because the disease is usually painless in the early stages. In fact, gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults. In addition, research suggests that there may be a link between periodontal disease and other diseases such as, stroke, bacterial pneumonia, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and increased risk of preterm birth in expectant mothers.
Risk factors for gum disease
For the most part, gum disease is preventable with a good oral hygiene routine, which includes brushing, flossing and regular dental cleanings and exams. Smoking and a poor diet may also increase the risk of gum disease.
Treatment for gum disease
Thankfully, if you already have gum disease, safe and effective treatments are available. If gum disease is caught early, one or two professional dental cleanings may be sufficient treatment. If the disease has progressed, your Vancouver dentist may recommend a periodontal cleaning called scaling and root planing, sometimes referred to as a deep cleaning.
If you suspect that you have gum disease it’s important to come in for an appointment as soon as you can. Remember, the symptoms of gum disease are often silent, so even if you feel as though your gums are healthy, it’s important to maintain regular dental appointments for exams and cleanings. Contact our Vancouver dental clinic for more information.