Gum Disease Therapy

gum disease

Dr. I. Costache & Associates – your Bloor and Dufferin dentist offers gum disease therapy to prevent periodontal disease

What is gum disease (also known as periodontal disease)?

Periodontal disease is a gum inflammation that is mainly caused by build-up of plaque on the teeth and under the gum line. It ranges in severity. It starts off as an easily reversible minor inflammation, but if left untreated, may progress to cause major damage to the soft tissue and bones that support the teeth.

How to tell if you have gum disease?

Symptoms of gum disease are often not noticeable to patients, until the disease is in the advanced stages. Most patients might not think much of a minor gum inflammation or a mildly bleeding gum. However, this is the perfect time to diagnose and treat gum disease. Our experienced Toronto dentist and our highly skilled dental hygienists can diagnose gum disease even at its earliest stages. If you suffer from any of the following symptoms, visit our office right away.

  • Bad breath that won’t go away
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Tender or bleeding gums
  • Painful chewing
  • Loose teeth
  • Sensitive teeth

How to treat gum disease?

The early stage of gum disease, called gingivitis, can be treated by a good professional dental cleaning at our Galleria Mall dental office. Our expert dental hygienists remove plaque build-up from your teeth, leaving no cause for gum inflammation.

The more advanced stage of periodontal disease is called periodontitis and requires a more vigorous routine of professional dental cleaning. When left unremoved, plaque and tartar build up increases on your teeth and under your gum line and they harden even more, requiring a deep root scaling and vigorous cleaning to get rid of them.

How to prevent gum disease?

Good oral hygiene is essential. If you maintain a good oral hygiene routine both at home and by going regularly to the dentist, you’re less likely to get hit by gum disease, or at least control it while it’s still harmless.

  • Brush your teeth twice a day
  • Floss every day
  • Visit our Toronto dental office for a routine check-up and professional cleaning once every 6 months
  • Don’t use tobacco products