A little food for thought......
It is easy to become overwhelmed when your dentist or dental hygienist starts using lingo/words that you are not familiar with. Here are some common terms and definitions so you, as a patient, are better educated on current terms and diagnosis.
Gum disease is a progressive state of gum infection, bacteria infiltration and bone loss. This disease commonly has 4 stages which involve various clinical evidence. Unfortunately this cannot be cured, but can be treated to a manageable state.
Gingivitis is characterized by inflamed gums, this is the first stage of gum disease. Gingivitis is the only stage of the four that is reversible with constant care and attention.
It is unusually painless and therefore goes undetected and untreated for long periods of time. It usually involves red, swollen, sometimes tender, bleeding gums and bad breath.
Halitosis is embarrassing, relentless bad breath. It is usually caused by an abundance of bacteria present under the gums and/or on the tongue and is connected with personal diet. With assistance, education, and minimal interventions, this can be treated.
Oral Cancer is more common than breast cancer in Canada. More recently, younger people are being affected. If caught early and treated, there is a 90% survival rate.
If not treated, it can lead to facial disfigurement and even death. Many early detection tools and equipment are used around the world to help with early detection.