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Sherwood Park Gum Care

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Caring for your teeth is only the first step to dental hygiene and it is important to consider gum care in your oral health plan. Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is one of the most common dental problems adults face, yet it can begin at any age. It is often painless and happens slowly. Sometimes you may not notice any signs until the disease is serious and you are in danger of losing your teeth. The good news is that gum disease can be prevented with good oral hygiene and regular visits to your dentist. Gum disease can be treated and even turned around in its early stages.

There are 2 types of gum disease: gingivitis and periodontitis.

Gingivitis

Gingivitis is a term used to describe inflammation of the gums that usually precedes periodontitis if left untreated.

Gingivitis is a common and mild form of gum disease (periodontal disease) that causes irritation, redness and swelling (inflammation) of your gingiva, the part of your gum around the base of your teeth. It's important to take gingivitis seriously and treat it promptly. Gingivitis can lead to much more serious gum disease called periodontitis and tooth loss.

The most common cause of gingivitis is poor oral hygiene. Good oral health habits, such as brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily and getting regular dental checkups, can help prevent and reverse gingivitis.

Gum care is not something you should ignore so if you are experiencing any of these symptoms it is best to seek the advice of a trained professional. For more information or to book an appointment or consultation on your gum health, contact us to arrange a consultation with one of our dentists.

Periodontitis

Periodontitis is one of the main reasons why adults lose their teeth. It is an inflammation of the bone and soft tissue around your teeth. Without enough bone and soft tissue to hold your teeth in place, your teeth can become loose and fall out. In its early stages, periodontitis is very hard to see. You may not know that you have a problem until you visit your dentist.

The warning signs of periodontitis may include:

  • A change in the color of your gums
  • Red gums
  • Gums that bleed when you brush or floss
  • Bad breath that will not go away
  • Shiny, puffy or sore gums
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Loose tooth or teeth increasing space between your teeth
  • Receding gum line (gums separating from your teeth and exposing the root)

4 Tips for Gum Health

Gum care is all about preventative measures and regular maintenance so here are some ways to ensure gum health:

  1. Professional Cleaning
    Dentist and hygienists can assess your needs and treat gum disease. They can get into the hard to reach places below the gums and have the tools to remove plaque and calculus build-up, which is the leading cause of gum disease. Most people should be seen every 6 months for dental cleanings although, in some cases where the gum disease is more advanced, it may be recommended to be treated every 3 months. The interval is based on your own individual circumstances.
  2. Brush and Floss Daily
    Brushing twice daily helps to maintain healthy teeth and gums. This removes daily food and soft plaque buildup. Ensure that you use a soft or extra soft toothbrush as well as gentle pressure so as not to cut or damage your gums. Aim for 2-3 minutes of brushing time to be the most effective. An electric toothbrush is also a great option in some cases. Flossing helps to reach food and debris in between your teeth that you can't reach with your toothbrush. This debris, if left, can cause infection and lead to cavities. Although it doesn't matter the time of day that you floss, it is important to try and do it once a day to be most effective and remove debris in between your teeth.
  3. Eat a Healthy Diet
    Healthy food is good for both general health and oral health. Nutrients from healthy foods help reduce the risk of cavities and keep gums healthy. Avoiding foods high in sugar and acids as well as carbonated beverages can help maintain a healthy mouth.
  4. Avoid Smoking or Chewing Tobacco
    Tobacco use can increase the severity of gum disease and increase the rate at which it progresses. It also affects the ability of the mouth to heal and respond to treatment. Smoking and chewing tobacco use has long-term implications for your body as well as your mouth.

Gum care is not something you should ignore so if you are experiencing any of these symptoms it is best to seek the advice of a trained professional. For more information or to book an appointment or consultation on your gum health, contact us to arrange a consultation with one of our dentists.

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Where Is Your Clinic Located?

Mills Haven Dental is located in Sherwood Park, on Broadmoor Boulevard

What are your hours?

Please refer to our contact page to find our current hours of operation.

Do you accept insurance plans?

Yes, Mills Haven Dental accepts most insurance plans and we direct bill!!

With direct billing, we submit your insurance claims electronically with no processing charges or fees.

Do you provide dental services for babies and children?

Yes we do!

The staff at Mills Haven Dental understand that children's teeth undergo several challenges and changes in the growth process. That is why we recommend regular checkups for children of any age.

The Canadian Dental Association recommends the assessment of infants, by a dentist, within 6 months of the eruption of the first tooth or around one year of age. The goal is to have your child visit the dentist before there is a problem with his or her teeth.

We are a family-oriented business and aim to help you and your entire family achieve and maintain a happy and healthy mouth.

We monitor the health of your child's teeth & gums to prevent disease, repair injury, and ensure optimal oral health.

Can I book evening and weekend appointments?

Please refer to our contact page to find our current hours of operation.

How long do I have to wait for an appointment?

Average wait time to see one of our dentists depends on the service you require, and the time of year.

During slow periods, you may be able to get in to see us in as little as one day.

Busy periods may require you to wait 1-2 weeks.

However, scheduling changes do occur, and we may be able to get you in for an appointment more quickly if anything opens up sooner.

Call us at 587-269-2697 to inquire about current available appointments!

Are you accepting new patients?

Yes!

Mills Haven Dental is always accepting new patients here in Sherwood Park, and we would love for you to come in and meet us.

How long does a standard cleaning take?

A cleaning for most individuals at Mills Haven Dental will be completed in approximately 1 hour however, some patients may require additional time or appointments depending on their individual needs.

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