Preserve Oral Health with Timely Gum Disease Care

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease is a common infection of the hard and soft (bone and gums) tissues which support the teeth. Without proper treatment, gum disease can cause tooth loss.

There is also very clear evidence between gum disease and heart problems including stroke, poor diabetic control, etc.

Four out of five people have periodontal disease and don’t know it! Most people are not aware of it because the disease is usually painless in the early stages.

Common signs of gum disease include:

  • Bleeding gums – Gums should never bleed, even when you brush vigorously or use dental floss
  • Loose teeth – Also caused by bone loss or weakened periodontal fibers (fibers that support the tooth to the bone)
  • New spacing between teeth – Caused by bone loss
  • Persistent bad breath – Caused by bacteria in the mouth
  • Pus around the teeth and gums – Sign that there is an infection present
  • Receding gumsLoss of gum around a tooth
  • Red and puffy gums – Gums should never be red or swollen
  • Tenderness or discomfort – Plaque, calculus, and bacteria irritate the gums and teeth
gum disease before & after

Before and After Gum Disease Treatment

Treatment Options

At Norburn Dental Centre, we offer treatments for gum disease to cleanse the disease-causing bacteria and maintain a healthy oral environment to help prevent reinfection.

Being able to identify the most common symptoms of gum disease can help catch the disease early and save the health of your smile.

Scaling and Root Planing (Deep Cleaning)

The first step of any gum disease treatment is proper dental cleaning. We will use specialized tools to access the area below the gum line that you can’t reach with a toothbrush or floss.

We will scrape away bacteria and plaque buildup along the roots of the teeth to allow for the gums to reattach in a healthy manner.

Periodontal Maintenance

It only takes twenty-four hours for the plaque that is not removed from your teeth to turn into calculus (tartar)! Daily home cleaning helps control plaque and tartar formation, but those hard-to-reach areas will always need special attention.

Once your periodontal treatment has been completed, your dentist and dental hygienist will recommend that you have regular maintenance periodontal cleanings, usually four times a year.

At these cleaning appointments, plaque and tartar that is difficult for you to remove on a daily basis will be removed from above and below the gum line.

  • Examination of diagnostic x-rays (radiographs): Essential for detection of decay, tumours, cysts, and bone loss. X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.
  • Examination of existing restorations: Check current fillings, crowns, etc.
  • Examination of tooth decay: Check all tooth surfaces for decay.
  • Oral cancer screening: Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, cheek tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
  • Oral hygiene recommendations: Review and recommend oral hygiene aids as needed. (Electric toothbrushes, special periodontal brushes, fluorides, rinses, etc.)
  • Teeth polishing: Remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.

Good oral hygiene practices and periodontal cleanings are essential in maintaining dental health and keeping periodontal disease under control

Frequently Asked Questions


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