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Treating and Curing Early Gum Disease

If you have recently noticed blood on your toothbrush or in the bathroom sink after brushing or flossing, you may have the early signs of gum disease, a condition called gingivitis. There is some good news about gingivitis though, as when caught and treated while still in the early stages, it is reversible. However, time is limited and it’s important to see a dentist in Oshawa as soon as you notice any changes such as bleeding or swelling, or pain. Without prompt treatment, gingivitis will flourish and progress into a far more serious form of gum disease called periodontitis. By this stage we may not be able to cure your gum disease entirely, and you will need ongoing treatment to control it. What Is Gum Disease? Gum disease is caused by the bacteria found in plaque, a sticky colourless biofilm that coats your teeth. When plaque isn’t regularly removed by…

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Nov 8, 2019 | Posted by
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Having Healthy Gums Could Help to Protect Your General Health

Did you know seven out of ten Canadians will develop some degree of gum disease during their lifetime? These figures from the Canadian Dental Association are pretty scary, and especially given that gum disease is avoidable. What makes these figures even worse is the potential effect on people’s overall health. Gum disease is caused when plaque, a sticky substance containing bacteria builds up over your teeth and gums. If you don’t brush and floss your teeth regularly, the bacteria will eventually irritate the gums, causing them to become red, swollen and most likely they will begin to bleed. These early signs of infection are a condition called gingivitis. Usually, at this stage, having your teeth cleaned professionally will be enough to reverse gingivitis, combined with an improved oral hygiene routine at home. However, without the proper care provided by a dentist in Whitby, gingivitis will soon develop into periodontitis which…

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Mar 15, 2019 | Posted by
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Why It’s Worth Quitting Smoking for Your Gums

If your New Year’s resolution was to quit smoking, you can look forward to a myriad of health benefits, not to mention a healthier wallet, but did you realize it could help your gum health? Tobacco Use Increases Your Risk of Gum Disease Smoking is one of the most significant risk factors for developing gum disease, and many smokers have poor gum health. According to the Ontario Dental Association, smoking could be responsible for up to 75% of periodontal diseases in adults. The more frequently you smoke, and the longer you use tobacco products, the higher the risk. All forms of tobacco are risky for oral health, and even second-hand smoke is associated with a higher risk of gum disease. One of the problems with smoking is that it can mask the symptoms of gum disease that prompt most people to be concerned about their dental health and to hopefully…

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Jan 11, 2019 | Posted by
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Smoking and How it Affects Your Dental Health

If you are a smoker, you almost certainly realize the potential and possibly life-threatening risk to your general health but are you aware of how the habit affects your dental health. In fact, the impact is far-reaching and can do far more damage than merely give you smoker’s breath. Smoking can stain your teeth, increases the risk of gum disease and tooth loss in Oshawa, and increases your risk of oral cancer, a potentially fatal disease. How Does Smoking Stain Teeth? Tooth stains are one of the most obvious side-effects of smoking and are caused by the nicotine and tar in tobacco. Teeth can become yellow in a very short space of time. Long-term smokers will often have teeth that look quite brown. The Effect of Smoking on Your Gum Health Gum disease is a risk for everyone, but smokers are more likely to develop this condition. People who smoke…

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Nov 2, 2018 | Posted by
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How Much Do You Know About Gum Disease?

If you regularly visit Margolian Dentistry, then you will know we encourage our patients to take a preventative approach to their dental care in Oshawa. It’s a strategy that is cost-effective and which saves you time in the longer term, and perhaps most importantly it helps to protect your general health. One common dental disease that can negatively impact your general health is gum disease. Unfortunately, gum disease is incredibly common, and according to the Canadian Dental Association, 7 out of 10 Canadians will develop some form of gum disease at some point during their lifetime. What’s worse is that gum disease can progress quite silently and painlessly until it is well advanced, by which stage it may have caused irreparable damage to your gums and other structures around your teeth, and it could have begun to affect your general health. What Is Gum Disease and How Does It Begin?…

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Mar 30, 2018 | Posted by
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