Local Expert Blog: All About Gum Disease

Saturday April 6th, 2019

Posted at 11:00am


Dr. Ali Al Safi from Emeryville Family Dental is back with another great Local Expert Blog on how to keep your dental health in shape!

Is known as inflammation of the gums due to the accumulation of plaque and bacteria build up on teeth. Overtime it can harden if not removed properly resulting in the formation of calculus also known as tartar.

What is Gingivitis?

Is known to be the early stage of gum disease that is reversible by proper oral hygiene and regular professional cleanings performed at the dental office.

What is Periodontitis?

Is known to be the more advance from of gum disease. During its process, the inflammation and infection involved results in pocket formation between gums and teeth due to the destruction of the surrounding bone and supportive tissues. Following the destruction, gums will recede, and teeth will become mobile. As a result, more advanced forms of this disease could result in the loss of multiple if not all the teeth affecting the way of life.

How do I know if I have it?

  • Redness, swelling, tender gums
  • Bleeding gums (Spontaneous, or during brushing or flossing)
  • Bad breath
  • Bad Taste
  • Loose teeth, drifting apart or gaps appearing between teeth.
  • X-ray examination is used to revile pocketing around the teeth

Am I at risk to get it?

  • Generics (immunity)
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Medications
  • General health
  • Oral hygiene habits

How can treatment help me?

Regular professional maintenance as well as oral hygiene regime could greatly influence the outcome the disease by stopping or slowing down the progression. In addition, these benefits could include:

  • Mouth feels and looks healthier
  • A better chance of keeping your teeth for life


Is there any side effects?

  • Pain during the cleaning process of teeth, local anaesthetic may be provided as needed.
  • Special mouthwash/tooth paste may be prescribed to help with the tooth sensitivity after cleaning.

How can I prevent or control the gum disease?

  • Good oral hygiene
  • Routine examinations (Inc. x-rays) by your dental professional
  • Referral to specialist may be required for more advanced cases

Presented by Dr. Ali Al Safi from Emeryville Family Dental. Find them on Facebook here, on their website here, or reach them by phone at 226-363-0404.

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