How to Treat Gum Disease

How to Treat Gum Disease

You’ve just come home from the dentist and their words are ringing in your ears: you have periodontal disease.

Sure, the diagnosis could be worse, but knowing this doesn’t stop your mind from racing and jumping to the worst possible conclusion.

Take a deep breath and know that you are not alone. In fact, 7 in 10 Canadians will develop gum disease at some point in their lives. New treatment makes it easier to live with so that you don’t have to worry about your diagnosis.

What Causes Gum Disease?

Gum disease begins when plaque builds up at the edge of your gums, often dipping below the visible edge. If you don’t brush and floss regularly, the plaque builds up and turns into a substance called tartar, also called calculus. The tartar starts a bacterial infection where it attaches. When this happens, the result is gingivitis.

As it gets more serious, small pockets of infection st