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Gingivitis and Periodontitis: Treating and Reversing Gum Disease

7 out of 10 Canadians will develop gum disease at some point in their lives. This can range from mild forms of gingivitis to more severe diseases like periodontitis. Severe forms of gum disease can lead to tooth loss, as well as painful, swollen and bleeding gums. If left untreated, gum disease not only affects your oral health but can also negatively impact your overall health, and has been linked to diabetes, heart disease and even some forms of cancer.

The most easily recognized symptom of gum disease is red, swollen and bleeding gums. This can occur when you are brushing, eating or flossing. Good oral hygiene is essential to preventing, and reversing, gum disease. Here are 3 things you can do to help keep your mouth free of gum diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis:

  1. Brush at least twice per day
    You can remove built up plaque, which causes gum disease, by brushing your teeth at least twice per day. It is recommended you brush your teeth after every meal as the bacteria in plaque feeds off the sugar in food, and the bacteria secrete the toxins that cause gum disease.

  2. Floss once per day
    Flossing is a very important part of any oral hygiene routine. By flossing between your teeth you remove any food particles that may be stuck there. To properly floss take a piece of floss approximately 18 inches long and wrap it around your two middle fingers. Insert the floss between your teeth and pull it off to the side, forming a "C" type shape around the tooth. Rub the floss up and down between your teeth. Repeat this process between every tooth, using a fresh section of the floss every time.

  3. Visit your dentist
    If you notice any of the symptoms of gum disease you should book an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. Getting your teeth professionally cleaned will help remove any built up plaque and tartar. Tartar cannot be removed by brushing or flossing once it has formed, and needs to be removed through professional cleaning.

To book an appointment with Dr. Popp of the Marlborough Dental Clinic call today at 403.248.2066 and visit for more information.

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