We know that it takes more than just regular teeth cleanings to protect your oral health. An unhealthy mouth increases your risk of developing health issues related to your rather body systems. Gum disease has been linked to many other health concerns such as heart disease, stroke, and cancer. At Inglewood Family Dental, our goal is to ensure your preventative oral health care schedule is maintained.
We understand that most of our patients have a very busy lifestyle which is why we encourage you to pre-schedule your next dental checkup and teeth cleaning visit with us at least every 6 months or as often as necessary.
Gum Disease (also known as ‘Periodontitis’) is a silent intruder. If left untreated, severe periodontitis may eventually lead to tooth loss and other potential health problems.
Gingivitis causes your gums to become red and swollen and is the first stage of gum disease. Gingivitis is preventable and reversible with professional treatment and good oral hygiene habits such as regular brushing and flossing.
Gingivitis is caused by some factors which include:
Periodontitis is an advanced form of Gingivitis. When gingivitis is left untreated plaque spreads below the gum line. This causes bacteria to produce toxins and plaque which irritate the gums themselves. The body reacts by producing an inflammatory response. This causes the body to turn on itself essentially. If Periodontitis is left untreated, the result is that the tissues supporting the bone – and therefore the teeth themselves – are broken down and destroyed by the bacteria and toxins.
The bacteria and toxins cause your gum tissues to separate from the teeth and form what is known as ‘pockets.’ These pockets are essentially spaces between the teeth and gums that have become infected. As the periodontitis progresses, these pockets deepen such that more gum and bone tissue is destroyed. Your teeth may eventually become loose and may even have to be removed as there is no longer any bone structure remaining to hold them in place.
Since gum disease can occur at any age, if it is detected in the early stages, it can be reversed. Here are some signs to be on the lookout for that may signal the onset of gum disease:
If you have healthy gums, the gums are firm and don’t bleed when either brushing or flossing. You will notice that your gums fit snugly around your teeth.
When you have the mildest form of Gingivitis (periodontal disease), the gums may appear mildly inflamed or appear red or swollen. If your gums bleed when brushing, this is also a major sign that you have periodontal disease.
Periodontitis is when your gums have begun to separate and recede from the teeth. This allows the plaque to move towards the roots, which function as the support mechanism to fibers and bone.
When you have advanced periodontitis, the supporting fibers and bones are decayed. This can end up causing your teeth to become loose and may even result in the need for their removal! By requesting regular teeth cleanings and oral health checks, we can help you stay on a path towards a lifetime of oral health!
If your periodontitis isn’t in the advanced stages, then treatment may involve less invasive procedures, including:
If you suspect you may have Periodontal Disease, we recommend regular teeth cleanings and dental checkups. Simply contact Inglewood Family Dental today at (403) 265-5888 to schedule your visit with Dr. Arash Ravanbakhsh!
Call us at (403) 265-5888 to request your Teeth Cleaning & Dental Checkup appointment at Inglewood Family Dental today!