Periodontal Gum Disease Calgary Downtown

Periodontal | Gum Disease

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Treating Bleeding Gums, Gum Disease, or Gingivitis

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Do you suffer from swollen or bleeding gums? Do you fear that you’re suffering from gum disease?

If you have ever had a toothache or sore mouth, you likely understand how important good oral health is. If your gums bleed when flossing or brushing, your oral health may not be as good as it could be.

Good oral health contributes to a more attractive smile and fresher breath. It can also be a good indicator of your oral and physical health. Gum disease is often what is called “Gingivitis” and can have symptoms such as bleeding and swollen gums, and breath that may reflect the poor health of your mouth.

The more severe gum disease is called “Periodontal Disease” and that will cause a loss of jaw bone. This disease should not be allowed to grow more within your teeth. Talk with a Dentist when you see any sign of this dental issue.


What are the main contributing factors to gum disease?

  • Poor diet (too much sugar and starch)
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Stress
  • Habits like smoking and/or chewing tobacco
  • An improper bite or “malocclusion” that is damaging the teeth and bone that surround the tooth roots


What are the consequences of swollen gums?

The warning signs of poor oral health include sore gums and bleeding during brushing and flossing. If left untreated, gum disease can occur.


Gum disease can

  • Affect birthweight in unborn babies
  • Contribute to heart disease and stroke
  • Limit insulin effectiveness for diabetics
  • Lead to osteoporosis, diabetes or bacterial respiratory infections

Gum disease or periodontal disease can damage the gums and bone around the roots or the teeth and may cause other far-reaching health problems. So without wasting time, you should go to a Gum Pain clinic to get treatment.


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Periodontal Gum Disease FAQ's

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Can gum disease be cured?

Gum disease is a build-up of bad bacteria around the teeth that are in layers of what is called a ‘bio-film’. This bio-film builds up on your teeth over time.

While it may have some good bacteria in it, over time there can be bad bacteria that cause gum tissue irritation. That gum tissue irritation is what is called gum disease. 


What does gum disease look like?

When you see your gum tissue is reddened, and when it bleeds when you brush and floss, you probably have gum disease. Gum disease is often accompanied by tooth stain, and a sticky film build-up that can be scraped off your teeth.

But sometimes gum disease is hard to see because it is in between teeth or hidden deep in pockets. This means only your dental team can spot the areas of gum disease


How can I treat gum disease at home?

There is an old saying: “Be true to your teeth or they will be false to you!” This means that you should practice good oral hygiene at home. It is probably a good idea to brush and floss the teeth you want to keep (and you want to keep them all).

Using an electric toothbrush is a help. We recommend the Philips Sonicare. And if flossing is too much of a chore, there are devices called Waterpics that shoot water between the teeth to help maintain healthy gums.


Can gum disease go away on its own?

Well losing all your teeth is one way to prevent gum disease. But we do not recommend that. It is like cutting off your foot because your toenails need clipping. The best way to get rid of gum disease is a dental appointment with a hygienist or doctor.

Regular dental hygiene appointments is your best bet to keep gum disease away for your lifetime. Consult with our office to learn more and help keep your pearly whites staying pearly white.



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How does gum disease start?

Bio-film is the term used to describe the many types of bacteria that grow in thick layers on teeth and gums. The gum tissue becomes red and swollen, and bleeds easily.

These bacteria then penetrate into your bloodstream and may create many problems for your heart, your unborn child, your blood sugar and other issues.

Did you know that bio-film is contagious and can spread from one person to another by way of saliva?

Gum disease treatment focuses on removing and preventing bio-film. Gingivitis (the early stages of gum disease) is reversible with proper hygiene treatment.


How is periodontal disease treated?

More treatment is required for periodontal disease than a basic six-month cleaning and check-up. If you are concerned or have been told you have periodontal disease, please don’t leave it untreated.


Dr. Curtis Westersund for gum disease treatment

At our downtown Calgary dental office, we can provide help for gingivitis treatment and for periodontal disease. We believe that your health is the important thing you have. Don’t lose it.

If you’re concerned about gum or periodontal disease, make an appointment with us to discuss gum corrective options or call us at 403 262-9898 today.