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Gum Treatments

Gum Treatments by your Brantford dentist – Dr. Shawn Monga & associates

What you don’t know about gum disease can hurt you!

Brushing and flossing are important daily habits that contribute to a healthy smile. But this daily regimen often isn’t enough to prevent gum (periodontal) disease. This chronic inflammation and infection of the gums and surrounding tissue cause about 70% of adult tooth loss, affecting three out of four persons at some point in their lives. Like smoking, elevated cholesterol or obesity, periodontal (gum and bone) disease may be a risk factor for a number of serious health conditions. In recent studies, gum disease has been linked to:

  • Heart disease and stroke
  • Pneumonia and other respiratory diseases
  • Diabetes
  • Premature, low birth weight deliveries

Learn more about Gum Disease.

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If you have been diagnosed with gum disease, or are at risk for one or more of these health conditions, it is particularly important to pay attention to your oral health. The good news is that with regular, proper oral care, gum disease can be controlled or even reversed.

What causes gum disease?

If not cleaned properly, the bacteria that are in our mouths can cause plaque to form and if it worsens the plaque can turn into tartar. Tartar can only be cleaned and removed by a dentist or dental hygienist.

If caught early, gum disease is treatable. There are two stages of gum disease:

1. Gingivitis

  • Early stage that is caused from plaque build-up around edges of tooth causes bleeding, redness, and swelling of gums
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2. Periodontitis:

  • Advanced stage, occurs when gingivitis is not taken care of
  • Gum margin (part that seals the tooth to the gum) is weakened and causes more swelling
  • Suffer bone loss within tooth
  • Periodontal pockets (when spaces form between gum and tooth)
  • Tooth loss

Treatments for gum disease

In the early stages of gum disease, we can provide you with non-surgical treatment options; however, in more advanced stages, surgical procedures are often required.

Non-surgical procedures

  • Scaling and root planing: While a prophylaxis cleans the visible portion of teeth, scaling and root planing remove plaque and calculus from the periodontal pockets (under the gumline) around the tooth and smooth the root surfaces to promote healing. A scaling procedure is the only way to remove calculus.
  • Periodontal maintenance/periodontal cleanings/supportive periodontal therapy: Following periodontal treatment, these specialized “deep” cleanings can minimize the recurrence and progression of periodontal disease.

What you can do to prevent gum disease

Oral health begins by taking preventive steps to care for your teeth and gums at home. In addition, to help prevent periodontal disease from advancing to the point of requiring surgical procedures, you can:

Visit our Scarborough Dental Offices regularly to have your teeth cleaned. This way, our hygienists can monitor your oral health and help you identify and prevent problems before they require more comprehensive or expensive treatment. Dr. Shawn Monga or Dr. Shiva Monga may suggest more frequent visits, depending on the diagnosis.

Contact Mantra Dental or EK Dental immediately if you experience warning signs of gum disease: red, swollen or tender gums; bleeding while brushing or flossing; gums that pull away from teeth; loose or separating teeth; persistent bad breath; changes in the way your teeth or partial dentures fit together when you bite.

Book your appointment today at our convenient dental office in Brantford (519) 751-0888

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WHAT OUR PATIENTS SAY ABOUT US

I've been going to Dr. Monga for years and drive from Mississauga to see him. I've never felt any pain, and he's always gentle and quick with my children. The whole staff is great, especially Arzoo their hygienist who is excellent. Thank you!

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The staff there are amazing. Very welcoming and they explain things very well. The front girl Lisa, answered all my questions and very pleasant.

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Sharon Oodith

I always pass this place and wonder if they are good and decided to go in one day and spoke to the receptionist Usha and she was very pleasant and answer my questions. So I like what I heard and booked two appointments with Dr.Shiva Monga for me and my Sister. It's only been a few months now since our first and I have to say he give us a detailed explanation of everything he will be doing and the cleaning was amazing very friendly staffs and service. Just came home from yet another great service.

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WHAT OUR PATIENTS SAY ABOUT US

I've been going to Dr. Monga for years and drive from Mississauga to see him. I've never felt any pain, and he's always gentle and quick with my children. The whole staff is great, especially Arzoo their hygienist who is excellent. Thank you!

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WHAT OUR PATIENTS SAY ABOUT US
lsd27679

The staff there are amazing. Very welcoming and they explain things very well. The front girl Lisa, answered all my questions and very pleasant.

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WHAT OUR PATIENTS SAY ABOUT US
Sharon Oodith

I always pass this place and wonder if they are good and decided to go in one day and spoke to the receptionist Usha and she was very pleasant and answer my questions. So I like what I heard and booked two appointments with Dr.Shiva Monga for me and my Sister. It's only been a few months now since our first and I have to say he give us a detailed explanation of everything he will be doing and the cleaning was amazing very friendly staffs and service. Just came home from yet another great service.

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