Gum Disease FAQs

Gum Disease FAQs 2017-09-08T13:08:07+00:00

At Yam Dental in Newmarket, our dentists and dental hygienists provides personalized services in the prevention and treatment of gum disease. Call us to day at (905) 836-0836 for an appointment.

Some of the signs are:

  • Bleeding gums when you brush
  • Swollen, red or tender gums
  • Bad breath
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Receded gums
  • Pus in your gums
  • Loose tooth
  • A change in your bite
  • A change in the way partial dentures fit for those who wear them.
Healthy gums and the bone underneath hold our teeth firmly in place. Gums disease weakens the attachment between the gums and the teeth. Gum disease is caused by plaque, a clear and sticky film of bacteria that forms on your teeth and the place where your gum and teeth meet everyday. If not removed daily with gentle brushing and flossing, the plaque hardens to form calculus, also known as tartar.

Once the calculus is formed, they are hard and not easily removed brushing and flossing. The can also lead to an infection where the gums are attached to the teeth. At this stage, your gums may be slightly red and may bleed when you brush them, but you may not notice much yet.

As gum disease progresses, little pockets of infection form at where the gums attach to your teeth. They are not visible to your eyes, but you may notice traces of blood on your toothbrush and puffy gums.

Given time, the pockets of infection breaks down the gum tissues and bones that are normally attach to the teeth. At this stage, you will notice more bleeding and swelling of your gums. If you leave these problems unattended, your teeth will become loose and you risk loosing your teeth.

To protect and keep your teeth for life, start with brushing your teeth twice a day, floss before bedtime, and see your dentist regularly for cleanings and check ups.

The key to detection and treatments is to visit your dentist regularly. At Yam Dental, our dentists and hygienists look for signs of gum disease at your initial comprehensive examination and recall examinations when you come in for your six-month appointments.

Our dentists and dental hygienists may use a periodontal probe to measure where your gums attach to the teeth, and the measurements indicate if your gums are healthy.

Dental x-ray shows the amount of bone around your teeth. In early stages of gum disease, the best treatments are professional dental cleaning by your dentists and dental hygienists to remove the calculus that are built up on your teeth.

Please feel free to contact our dental office in Newmarket at (905) 836-0836 for an appointment, our friendly and approachable dentists and hygienists will gladly answer any questions you may have about gum disease.