Gum disease (periodontal disease)

Keeping your gums healthy is not just to protect your mouth, it is also for your general health. Did you know as more research is being carried out links are being made between gum disease and increased risk of developing heart disease and diabetes. Poor dental health increases the risk of a bacterial infection in the blood stream, which can affect the heart valves. Oral health may be particularly important if you have artificial heart valves.

Signs of gum disease include:

  • Red, puffy or swollen gums
  • Bleeding gums on gentle brushing/flossing
  • Sensitive, painful teeth due to gums that have receded
  • Exposed and sensitive root surfaces
  • Persistent bad breath or bad taste
  • Adult teeth that are mobile or have moved

Treatments provided at Terrace Dental Care for gum disease include:

  • Routine scaling and polishing
  • Deep cleaning/scaling

For more complex gum care we may discuss a referral.

We will instruct you in oral hygiene procedures and home care. Treatment of gum disease is limited in effectiveness unless excellent oral hygiene at home is achieved.