Tooth Decay and Gum Disease
Having good teeth means much more than just their colour or straightness. Complete dental health is associated with the detection, treatment and prevention of tooth decay (caries) and gum disease (periodontal disease), in addition to looking after your cosmetic needs and desires.
Tooth decay is the result of prolonged exposure of acid on tooth enamel. These acids come from an accumulation of bacteria (plaque) which, if left, can lead to gum disease. Gum problems are usually painless and the only sign may be occasional bleeding when brushing or flossing.
Periodontal disease is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. The best way to test these diseases is to learn more effective brushing and flossing techniques from our dental hygienist.
Periodontal disease may also be significantly related to your overall health. For example, patients with untreated periodontal disease are more likely to have heart disease and difficulty with diabetic control.