Teeth are just the beginning when practising good oral health
Dental health doesn’t just start and end with a person’s teeth. There are other problem areas that must be maintained.
Gum disease is chronic bacterial infection that not only affects gums, but your overall oral health.
It begins with plaque, which contains harmful bacteria, that isn’t removed from teeth by brushing and flossing. Plaque then develops into tartar, which if left on the teeth and around gums can cause gum disease.
Symptoms include: swollen, puffy and bleeding gums, spaces between teeth, tooth sensitivity, bad breath and loosened teeth. Even though symptoms are common, many people don’t realize there is a serious problem until teeth become loosened and begin to fall out.
To help prevent this infection you should brush and floss regularly and visit our offices for scheduled oral hygiene visits.
A condition that is close to our hearts here at The Old Villa Dental Centre is Ankyloglossia, commonly referred to as “tongue tied.” This condition is when someone has a short, thick lingual frenulum, which connects the underside of the tongue to the mouth.
In severe cases, the tongue is completely attached to the bottom of the mouth and can affect a person’s ability to speak, eat and their oral hygiene. If left untreated, it can cause serious dental problems for not only adults, but children and babies. Infants who have Ankyloglossia are unable to suckle properly when feeding.
One of our dentists, Dr. Juanet Eksteen can help. She will perform a frenectomy, a procedure that removes the lingual frenulum under the tongue, correcting issues such as feeding and the inability to speak properly.
Dr. Eksteen is very skilled in this procedure and has helped newborns, the youngest being only 3 days old.