• Of the more than one million residents of York Region, many residents, in one way or another, still find excuses to skimp on observing proper oral hygiene by regularly visiting their Aurora or Newmarket dentists. Either way, these people live with the risk of being unable to foresee potential problems of how poor choices and neglect could easily balloon to detrimental levels, and affect overall health. Gum disease, for instance, can be quite a sneaky culprit.

    Gingivitis
    On Gum Disease

    Gum disease happens when the gums become swollen, sore, or completely infected; it is mostly caused by what’s known as dental plaque. Plaque refers to the soft deposit that forms on the surface of one’s teeth and could collect in between the gums and your teeth’s enamel, which inevitably cause the gums to swell.

    Gingivitis

    Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease, which starts as an inflammation or swelling. If the plaque that builds up isn’t dealt with through proper brushing or removal by a reliable dentist, such as Dr. Zofia Wojt, it will develop toxins that will irritate the gum tissue and cause the gums to bleed when you brush it. Fortunately, gum disease is still reversible at this stage.

    Periodontitis

    If gingivitis is not taken care of soon enough, it could develop into periodontitis. Here’s what University of Toronto dental expert and writer Dr. Romanita Ghilzon has to say about the condition:

    If gingivitis is not treated, it can develop into a much more serious condition called periodontitis. Periodontitis is one of the main causes of tooth loss in adults. Periodontitis is an infection, which is deeper and more ‘aggressive’ than gingivitis, and results in the loss of bone which supports the teeth. As a result of this bone loss, deep pockets can develop under the gums or gum recession can occur. If left untreated, the resultant loss of bone supporting the teeth can lead to tooth loss. In addition to the signs and symptoms of gingivitis, tooth mobility and bad breath are signs of periodontitis.

     

    Prevention

    Fortunately, there are quite a few things you can do to help prevent gum disease, essentially by observing good oral hygiene practices as part of one’s lifestyle. For one, don’t be a smoker, as tobacco can contribute largely to the development of periodontitis. Proper nutrition, healthy lifestyle habits, and getting enough rest are proven ways to prevent the dental complications.

    For many dentists in Newmarket, Aurora, and the York Region, there’s no better way for them to advise their patients about the prevention of gum disease than to cultivate a healthy lifestyle and schedule regular dental visits for cleaning and oral check-ups.

    (Source: Gingivitis and Periodontitis - Patient, University of Toronto)