Country Hills Dentistry

Gum Disease


Gum disease affects many Canadians throughout their lives. Regular dental appointments can help prevent and treat gum disease before it becomes a larger problem.


What is gum disease?

Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss for adults in Canada. Periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) results from a bacterial infection in the gums. When a patient has gum disease, infection and inflammation in the gums destroys the tissue that surrounds and supports the teeth.

What are the symptoms of gum disease?

Gum disease often develops in the early stages with no symptoms. Symptoms of gum disease include

  • bleeding gums,
  • swollen gums,
  • tender gums,
  • mouth sores,
  • gums that appear bright purple or red-purple, and
  • persistent bad breath.

Over time gum disease can lead to receding gums, bone loss, and loss of teeth in the affected area.

How will I know if I have gum disease?

Since gum disease can develop and show no symptoms, it is very important that you have regular oral hygiene check ups. Our warm and caring team will examine your gums and confirm whether you have gum disease and help decide the best treatment for you.

How will my dentist treat my gum disease?

Treatment will depend on the severity of your gum disease. We will work with you to develop a treatment plan to address your particular needs. Possible treatments can include more frequent visits with our dental hygienist, changes to your at home dental hygiene routine, or in-office procedures. In severe cases, surgery may be recommended. As always, our friendly office staff will always be pleased to answer any questions you might have.

How can I prevent gum disease?

Gum disease is almost always preventable! The best way to avoid the discomfort and serious risks of gum disease is excellent oral hygiene. Our friendly team will be more than happy to show you the steps you can take at home to prevent gum disease.

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