What is gum disease?
A leading cause of tooth loss in adults, gum disease (or periodontal disease) is an infection in the tissue that surrounds and supports teeth.
What causes gum disease?
Gum disease is often the result of poor oral hygiene. When you don’t brush and floss daily, or don’t maintain regular dental hygiene visits for a thorough cleaning, plaque builds a sticky layer of bacteria on your teeth that slowly attacks your teeth and gums.
What are the symptoms of gum disease?
Symptoms of gum disease include gums that are red, swollen and tender, and that bleed very easily. Continual bad breath and a bad taste in your mouth is another sign of gum disease. A more severe symptom of gum disease is gums that have pulled away from the teeth causing permanent teeth to become loose, causing movement upon biting.
Scaling & Polish
How often do we need to go for dental check ups?
To maintain good oral health, it is vital to visit your dentist every 6 months. Going for your regular check-ups helps keep your gums and teeth healthy. It also allows early detection of any problems such as gum disease, cavities and oral cancer.
Why do you need to do scaling & polishing?
To remove stains caused by food (coffee / tea) or tobacco.
To remove tartar or calculus – this helps prevent gum diseases which are the main cause of gum recession, loose teeth and subsequently, tooth loss.
To allow screening for oral disease like decay and any cavities.
To learn about how best to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy.