A GP dentist has to go through 4 years of dentistry school, but a periodontist endures another 3 years of specialized study. That’s why periodontists in Brossard and in other parts of the Greater Montreal area are so important. They have the necessary training and tools to make sure that you get the oral care you deserve.
Many adults need the attention of periodontists rather than just regular GP dentists. That’s because gum disease is a more serious problem for adults, and the older you get the risk of gum disease becomes greater. About half of all adults have some level of gum disease, and the rate is much higher among those over 65 years of age.
Gum disease can be treated even in advanced stages. However, at these later stages, the treatments are much more extensive, and they’re more expensive too. That’s why seeing a periodontist is a much better option, as you can watch for the earliest signs of gum disease so the treatment can be applied ASAP.
You can always check the state of your mouth and gums when you brush your teeth. You should book a clinic visit as early as possible if you do notice any of these signs and problems.
- You have chronic bad breath, or there’s an unpleasant sour taste in your mouth. This bad breath and sour taste are caused by the buildup of bacteria around your gum line. The bacteria produce toxins that result in bad breath and a sour taste that returns even after you brush your teeth.
- Your gums are red. They may even bleed or become swollen, especially when you brush and floss your teeth. These particular series of symptoms are among the most common signs that harmful bacteria are damaging your gums.
- Your gums have receded from your teeth, so that it seems your teeth are bigger and you can see the root portion.
- Your teeth have become much more sensitive to extreme temperatures. This means there’s a sharp ache when you eat food that’s very hot or very cold. Often this is a result of having more of the root exposed due to the gum recession.
- Your teeth feel loose, or they’ve shifted out of their normal alignment. In some cases, you may notice a difference in your bite pattern. It just feels different when you’re biting into or chewing your food.
- Eating may even become a painful experience. That’s due to the bacterial infection around the root of the tooth. The pressure caused by biting down may be too much for your tooth and gum.
- You have a family history of gum disease. If you have a sibling or a parent that has had problems with gum disease, you need to check in with a periodontist for an evaluation. The susceptibility to gum disease may be genetic.
- You’re a cigarette smoker. This habit prevents your gums from getting the nutrients and oxygen they need to remain healthy and strong enough to fight off infection.
- You’ve been diagnosed with diabetes. Like cigarette smoke, diabetes impairs circulation required to keep gums healthy. Also, diabetic people tend to have higher sugar levels in their saliva, and the bacteria that cause gum disease feed on sugar to thrive.
- You’ve never been to a periodontist before. If that’s the case, you need to visit one as early as you can.
Periodontists can help make sure that you keep your gums healthy so that your teeth can stay in place. Among adults, gum disease is the most common cause of tooth loss—you have been warned!