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Gum Disease Treatment

At Pleasant Valley Dental, we offer periodontal care to treat all levels of gum disease, from mild gingivitis to severe gum disease and tooth loss.

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What is gum disease?

Gum disease is a bacterial infection that can develop when proper oral hygiene practices are not followed.

Plaque and bacteria left along the gum line quickly harden into tartar, irritating the gums until they start to pull away from the teeth or recede. Deep pockets form between the gums and the teeth, allowing the infection to thrive and multiply.

In severe cases, the pockets become so deep and the gums recede far enough that they are unable to support the teeth, causing tooth loss.

Flossing doesn’t sound so bad now, does it? 

Effects of Gum Disease on Health

Treating gum disease is essential for protecting your health. Bacteria present in infected gums have a direct pathway into the bloodstream and into your main lifelines – your heart and brain. Gum disease has been linked to numerous health problems including heart disease and diabetes.

Gum Disease Prevention

Eating a healthy diet, maintaining a thorough oral hygiene routine at home and seeing your dentist regularly can significantly reduce your chances of developing gum disease.

Hygiene cleanings are especially important in the fight against gum disease. These deep cleanings performed by your dental hygienist, clean away any built-up plaque and tartar that could cause gum disease. 

Early Signs of Gum Disease

Gingivitis is the first and mildest stage of gum disease. Unlike more advanced forms of gum disease, gingivitis can be reversed if diagnosed and treated early. 

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, contact your dentist to book an examination as soon as possible:

  • Sensitive gums
  • Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
  • Gums that are red, swollen or puffy
  • Bad breath

Gum Disease Therapy

Periodontal treatment methods depend upon the type and severity of the disease. Our dentists will work with you to create a treatment plan based on your particular case. 

Once your periodontal treatment has been completed, our dental team will recommend that you have regular dental examinations and preventive therapy, usually four times a year.

Gum Disease Treatment

Our dental team is passionate about helping patients fight gum disease and maintain optimal oral health.

Gum disease treatments at our Vernon clinic include:

New Patients Welcome

Looking for a new dentist in Vernon? Our team at Pleasant Valley Dental would be proud to welcome you to our dental family. Get in touch today to book your first appointment.

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