Ask a Dentist

May 3, 2021

Q: What Is Gum Disease?

A: Gum disease (periodontal disease) is a chronic infection most often caused by plaque buildup. Over time, the plaque hardens into tartar and causes the gums to become inflamed. If left untreated, the inflammation can develop into a severe infection that attacks the bone supporting the teeth and causes the gum tissue to shrink. In serious cases, it can lead to pneumonia, chronic respiratory disease, heart disease and stroke.

Gum disease is easily preventable by keeping up a regular oral health routine. This means brushing and flossing twice a day and visiting your dentist once every six months for a cleaning and checkup.

Schedule an appointment with the dentists at either of our Winnipeg locations (St. Vital Centre or Garden City Shopping Centre) today to keep your mouth happy and healthy.