Gum disease is responsible for 70 percent of adult tooth loss. Gum disease is characterized by swollen, inflamed gums surrounding teeth. Plaque inside the mouth and bacteria get inside, between the gum line and tooth. If they are not removed, bacteria and tarter eats away, eroding gum tissue and eventually leads to tooth loss.
Assistance is available
Our Dental Hygienists are the first line in the defense in the detection and treatment. Dental Hygienists have years of academic and professional training in the detection and prevention of gum disease. Seton Dental Care clients require and conduct dental examinations for all new patients, prior to any cleaning or dental treatment. Dentist and Dental Hygienists can recommend and start you on a gum treatment program. Routine and regular examination by our staff helps to prevent or detect gum disease early on.
Possible Warning Signs
* Gums that bleed easily.
* Red, swollen, tender gums. Gums that have pulled away from teeth.
* Persistent bad breath.
* Permanent teeth that are loose or separating.
Asking for a good regular”cleaning” from your dental hygienist or dentist will not cure gum disease.
The treatment of gum disease is serious. It requires serious treatment and attention.
Risk factors of Gum Disease
* Tobacco smoking or chewing.
* Systematic diseases such as diabetes.
* Crooked teeth.
* Bridges that no longer fit properly.
* Some types of medication such as steroids, anti-epilepsy drugs, cancer therapy drubs, some calcium blockers and oral contraceptives.
The most important function of a dental hygienist is the prevention, detection and treatment of gum disease
Treat is available. Gum Disease is serious and requires more than standard cleaning
Scaling and root planning is a method of treating periodontal disease (gum disease)