Dental Hygiene in Vancouver: Gum Disease
and Bad Breath
Basic dental hygiene and teeth cleanliness are some of the most important tools in your arsenal for a happy and healthy mouth. Brushing and flossing your teeth regularly is a great way to keep your teeth clean between dental visits, but nothing beats the in-depth and advanced dental cleaning services Clear Advantage Orthodontics in Vancouver can offer.
One of the best benefits of in-depth cleaning sessions is the treatment of gum disease and of bad breath. Both of these overlapping dental maladies are very common and are almost always the result of poor dental-hygiene habits.
Gum disease and bad breath can adversely affect your personal life and your social life, hurting the quality of your smile because of a visibly distressed gum line and impacting the perceptions others have of you thanks to bleeding gums when you eat and bad breath when you speak. Not to mention the long-term health effects of gum disease if left untreated, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster!
What is gum disease and what is bad breath?
Gum disease, officially known as periodontal disease, occurs when the gums around your teeth become inflamed due to poor dental health and dental hygiene, causing soreness, bleeding and the potential for severe infections if not treated properly. Approximately 75% of the adult population gets gum disease at least once in their lifetime, and it can easily be treated in its early stages with proper teeth-cleaning techniques and visits to your dental professional.
Signs of gum disease in its early stage primarily include gingivitis, which is the inflammation of gums due to a buildup of plaque and bacteria. Symptoms of gingivitis include gum bleeding, red gums, swollen gums and gums that recede slightly lower than usual along the bottom of the crown of your teeth. If not treated properly, gingivitis can advance into the more serious stage of periodontal disease, periodontitis, which is when gums pull away from the teeth and form open spaces known as pockets, which can become severely infected when plaque begins to grow beneath the gums and between gum pockets.
Bad breath, officially known as halitosis, occurs when your breath’s odour is perceived, on more than isolated occurrences, as foul by others due to bad eating habits and poor dental-hygiene techniques. Bad breath affects approximately 60% of all adults at least once in their lifetime and bad breath causes include smelly foods, smoking cigarettes regularly, a lack of teeth brushing, and mouth infections and dental infections.
How to Treat Gum Disease and How to Get Rid of Bad Breath
Clear Advantage Orthodontics in Vancouver can easily help you reverse the damage of gum disease and get your smile working for you again with deep mouth-cleaning sessions and tips and advice for proper dental-hygiene techniques at home. We can identify “problem areas” you have and provide you with the support and basic tools you need to tackle them.
At Clear Advantage Orthodontics, we are also passionate about making sure the people of Vancouver cure bad breath as much as possible. When you visit us, our dental and dental-hygiene professionals will specialize in detecting, assessing and treating ways of preventing halitosis and provide you with a dental-hygienic overview, a full-mouth cleansing, sterilization practices and even medications if need be.
Contact us today to cure gum disease and bad breath in Vancouver, and make this city one worthy to smile in again!