Understanding Gum Disease: Causes, Symptoms, And Prevention

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When it comes to maintaining our family’s oral health, one aspect that often goes overlooked is the health of our gums. Healthy gums are the foundation of a strong smile, and understanding periodontal health is crucial for achieving overall dental well-being. 

In this blog, our team at Yonge Eglinton Periodontics will delve into the world of gum disease, exploring its causes, symptoms, and, most importantly, how to prevent it. By the end of this article, you’ll be equipped with valuable insights to keep your family’s oral health in check.

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease, often referred to as gum disease, is a common oral health issue that affects the tissues supporting our teeth. It starts with the accumulation of plaque – a sticky film of bacteria – on the teeth. Over time, this plaque can harden into tartar, leading to inflammation of the gums. If left untreated, gum disease can progress, causing damage to the bone supporting the teeth and eventually resulting in tooth loss.

Recognizing the Symptoms

Recognizing the symptoms of gum disease is essential for early intervention. Keep an eye out for signs like red, swollen, or bleeding gums, persistent bad breath, and even a change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite. If you or a family member experience any of these symptoms, it’s time to act and contact us.

Preventing Gum Disease

Prevention is the key to maintaining healthy gums. Regular oral hygiene practices like brushing, flossing, and using an antimicrobial mouthwash can help control bacteria and prevent the onset of gum disease. Moreover, scheduling regular dental check-ups is vital for early detection and professional cleanings that remove built-up tartar and plaque.


Understanding gum disease is an essential step in ensuring your family’s dental health. By recognizing the causes, symptoms, and preventive measures of periodontal disease, you can take charge of your oral well-being.  At Yonge Eglinton Periodontics, we specialize in providing the latest, most comfortable, and cost-efficient periodontal treatments to address any concerns you might have. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us – together, we can overcome any challenges and maintain optimal oral health for your family.

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