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Let's Talk about Gum Health

When we talk about the health of your mouth, we're not just talking about your teeth.  Your gums make up a part of the foundation and if they're not healthy, then the health of your teeth may be affected as well.  

You may have seen those brochures we have at the office -> about the progression of Periodontal Disease.  At its mildest, you get the minor bleeding.  At its worst, there could be severe gum recession and the lost of a tooth (or several teeth).  

Since we're big believers in preventative dental care, the time to intervene is when you see the first signs of gingivitis (inflammation of the gums):

* tender, bright red gums * swelling of the gums * bleeding when brushing and/or flossing

For some people, the gut reaction may be to stop brushing to allow the gum tissues to heal.  However, this will lead to worsening of the condition and at this stage, it is actually much more important to keep brushing.

When plaque and bacteria is not effectively removed, gum tissues are constantly in an inflamed state, so at the contact of your toothbrush or floss, it can feel unpleasant and set off some bleeding.  

If you stop brushing completely, plaque and bacteria will remain on your teeth and gums and will obviously create more inflammation.  This can lead to the deterioration of your gums.

If you improve brushing techniques and focus on getting through the brief period of minor irritation and bleeding gums, you'll be removing the sources of inflammation.  Over time, you will gradually notice your gums go from bright red (inflamed) to a healthier pink.  You'll begin to toughen them up and will experience less bleeding.  Keep at it and the bleeding will become a thing of the past - provided that this care is maintained.

While poor oral hygiene is the most common cause of bleeding gums, there could be other possibilities too, such as certain medications and/or changes in hormones due to events such as pregnancy.  Speak to your dentist to see what options you have.

If you're concerned about your periodontal health, here is a list of actionable steps:

* Book an examination with one of our doctors to assess your gum condition. * Book appointment with our hygienist to get a professional cleaning - this can be a great way to remove plaque and bacteria. * Ask our team about an oral hygiene instruction appointment to improve your brushing and flossing routine.

Call us now: (416) 222-4762. 


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