Assessing the Health of Your Gums
Check for these signs of gum disease

How often do you brush and floss?

The truth is, not enough people make flossing a part of their daily dental hygiene practices. With rumors pointing to the “ineffectiveness” of flossing, many may assume that they’re safe to skip out on this crucial step. However, you NEED to floss in order to remove food and bacteria from between the teeth where the tooth brush can’t access – because without doing so regularly, gum disease will set in.

What you should know about periodontal (gum) disease

Gum disease begins as gingivitis, the initial and mild stage that is thankfully reversible with daily brushing and flossing. However, when gingivitis is left untreated, the problem can progress to the final and severe stage of gum disease: periodontitis. Periodontitis puts the teeth at major risk for loss, as the gums pull back due to the disease and no longer support the teeth as they should. Please floss, people!

Signs of gingivitis include gums that bleed with brushing/flossing, gums that are receding, and gums that look red or inflamed. Signs of periodontitis include swollen and tender gums, gums that are a bright red or purple hue, significant recession and loose teeth.

Preventive care

It’s vital that you floss every day in conjunction with your brushing routine in order to effectively prevent gum disease and keep your gums in top shape. If you happen to have plaque and tartar buildup below your gum line that is affecting the health of your gums, a professional cleaning treatment with the hygienist is necessary.

Is periodontal therapy painful?

A caring dental professional will ensure that a patient’s gum treatment (to prevent or manage gum disease) is a comfortable experience. Our Burlington sedation dentist, Dr. Samuel Toong will suggest sedation options that will be able to help a person feel relaxed as their gums receive care.

Some patients who are particularly fearful of their treatment benefit from general anesthesia, and love being completely unconscious during their procedure! Dr. Sam is specially trained to provide a calming and comfortable experience using sleep dentistry… so if you’re afraid of finally getting the dental care you need, talk to him today. He truly understands how you feel and wants you to have a positive experience while you get your oral health back on track. It’s what we do at Asleep for Dentistry!

In the meantime, show those gums the love and care they deserve if you haven’t been making it a priority.