Gum Disease Therapy
Gum Disease Therapy
Dr. Howard Lim – your Toronto Dentist – offers gum disease therapy to prevent plaque buildup by cleaning out the bacteria that is causing the infection.
Why Are Your Gums Bleeding?
Bleeding gums are never a normal condition, and brushing too vigorously is hardly ever the cause. While certain diseases, medications and poorly fitting oral appliances can cause bleeding to occur, it’s more likely that your gums are being irritated by dental plaque that has not been effectively cleaned from your teeth near the gum line. Pregnant women are particularly prone to this type of irritation; so are women taking certain birth control pills that contain hormones similar to those produced in pregnancy. Uncontrolled plaque buildup can lead to tooth decay and gum disease—and these two diseases cause the majority of permanent tooth loss.
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, damages the foundation of your teeth and is caused by bacterial infection of the gum
How does Gum Disease develop?
Bacteria is always trying to stick onto your teeth. If they are left there for too long, they go into the gum to cause infection of the gum. This gum infection in turn causes the foundation to melt down. This melt down will cause your teeth to become loose and eventually fall out.
What to look for:
- Gums that bleed during normal (even gentle) brushing and flossing
- Gums that are tender, sensitive or even painful to the touch
- Gums that are swollen
- Gums that appear shiny or bright red (like in many infections)
- Gums that are receding
- Teeth that are loose in an adult
- Teeth that appear unusually long (due to receded gum)
- Frequent or continuous bad breath
- Overall discomfort in the mouth
Call your Toronto dentist, Dr. Howard Lim at (416) 603-5677 or fill out the form below to book your dental appointment.
How is Gum Disease treated?
Gum disease is treated very easily by cleaning out the bacteria that is causing the infections. This may take several appointments. Once your gums are infections free, it is very simple to have a regular cleaning every 3-6 months to prevent future infections.
The result of gum disease is the loss of bone support for your teeth. Sometimes, this loss of bone can be replaced by bone grafts. Dr. Howard Lim has been doing bone graft since 1986.