A beautiful and healthy smile is not only about beautiful teeth, but also about healthy gums and surrounding bone. Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is the inflammation and infection of these tissues. With a holistic approach to overall dental health, our highly trained staff will provide you with the necessary treatment and preventative education to help you maintain a lovely, healthy smile. Gum disease and periodontitis are serious conditions that can have significant impact on a person’s general health. We now know there are many medical conditions that are directly linked to disease, such as diabetes, low birth weights/preterm births, coronary disease, respiratory disease, leading to pneumonia and a host of others that are still under investigation. Early identification and treatment of gum disease is key to good long term oral health, along with regular exams and infection control cleanings. A beautiful smile starts with the foundation of healthy gums; our staff is motivated to helping our patients achieve and maintain a high level of gum health.

Will it hurt to have my gums treated?

No. Our skilled staff will always make sure to treat you with skill and compassion to work towards helping you achieve good oral health.

What is a “deep cleaning”?

A deep cleaning is referring to more advanced forms of cleaning when the dental hygienist needs to clean bacteria, tarter and other debride that has built up under the gumline.

Do I need to see a gum specialist?

Almost all aspects of gum disease can be treated in the general dental office, by well-trained staff and dentists. However, if a patient has a more advanced case of gum disease, the dentist will make the decision to refer to a Periodontist.

Does gum disease cause bad breath?

Yes. There can be other reasons to have bad breath, but if you have gum disease, you will have bad breath.

Will regular cleanings help detect and prevent gum disease?

Yes. Regular dental visits are an essential part of taking care of your general health. The hygienist and dentist will determine what your treatment needs are. Regular cleanings will assist with early detection and prevention of gum related issues, including Gingivitis. Gingivitis is the initial phase of gum disease; the signs of gingivitis are red gums which bleed when brushed and flossed; it is reversible with good oral hygiene and treatment by your dental hygienist. Prevention has always been the motto of the dental community, and this is where it starts with gum disease.

Can I use mouth rinse instead of floss?

No. Mouth rinse is a great adjunctive treatment for some higher risk patients but it does not clean between our teeth in the same way as what floss does. Bacteria within plaque are protected and highly resistant to any removal agents. Flossing allows us to disrupt the plaque film, exposing the bacteria and allowing easy removal.

How often should I floss my teeth?

No different to brushing, flossing is required twice a day to keep our teeth and gums healthy. Plaque accumulation between our teeth can not be removed in any other wary. Gently slipping the floss between our teeth and stroking all the way down the tooth to just below the gum level allows us to loosen the plaque film which can then further be disrupted while we brush. Make sure to floss behind your furthest back tooth as this area is often missed.

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