Your Teeth are your First Line of Defence

Published in February 2021. 

We understand the confusion that comes from the uncertainty of COVID-19, and despite the world still being in a state of confusion in how to proceed, we’ve been trying to work with what we do know. And something that we do know a lot about is gum disease.

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease occurs when your gums get infected. Bacteria can build up on your teeth along with mucus to form a layer called “plaque”. When excessive plaque builds up and isn’t actively removed it can form something called “tartar”.

If left unchecked, gum disease can lead to bleeding gums and even a loss of teeth. Typically brushing your teeth and flossing work to counteract plaque, but only dental practitioners can remove tartar. We always love giving you guys more reasons to come visit us!

There are a few signs and symptoms to look out for; bad breath, swollen gums, loose teeth and receding gums are just a few that come to mind. There are also a few diseases such as diabetes that can increase your risk of gum disease.

When you come to visit us, we do our best to keep your teeth healthy against diseases, including gum disease. This usually looks like asking questions on your medical history, checking for inflammation and measuring the pockets around your teeth. If you have a moderate amount of plaque or tartar we can most definitely help with a quick clean. But in more severe cases we are more than happy to recommend beyond capable periodontists.

Researchers claim that those with gum disease may even be more likely to experience negative effects if infected with COVID. Now more than ever, our hygiene should take first priority. The best you can do for yourself in today’s society is to prevent personal risk as much as possible. This includes sanitization of surfaces, masks and sanitizer, but now maybe oral health should be added to that list.