Gum Disease


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Your gums are the foundation of your oral health!

Dr. Cohen, Dr. DeCesare and their team of dental professionals here at Lakeside Family Dental in Burlington want to make sure that you understand the importance of a healthy smile. Making sure that your gums are healthy is so important, as your gums are the foundation of your entire oral health.

Periodontal disease is a silent and painless disease until the advanced stages. As an infection, it destroys the attachment of the gum and the bone, which supports and holds your teeth in place. Your body must fight a constant infection, which wears down the immune system. Early detection of periodontal disease enables our Burlington team of dental professionals to treat the periodontal disease with less radical treatment methods and create healthier gums with reduced general health risks.

Slow, but progressive, periodontal disease swells the gingiva and destroys the bone that supports your teeth. Once the bone is lost, it does not regenerate. It may be generalized affecting all of your teeth or localized, affecting one tooth. This disease affects both men and women of all ethnicities from teen years through adulthood. In its early stages, you may be unaware of its presence. Dental hygiene habits, medications, smoking, alcohol, diet, general health or heredity may play a role in its progression. Initial symptoms of the disease may include swollen gums that bleed when you brush and an odor to your breath. Symptoms can advance to loosening and shifting of teeth and their eventual loss.

Research has shown that people with periodontal disease are twice as likely to develop heart disease, which may lead to heart attack. The gum inflammation characteristic of periodontal disease creates a path for bacteria in plaque to enter your bloodstream. This bacteria travels throughout your body and may be a factor in numerous conditions. The consequences of bacteria lodging in your heart can be quite serious or even fatal.

One of the easiest ways to prevent the decline of your oral health is to maintain a regular schedule of having your teeth cleaned by one of the Lakeside Family Dental hygienists. A professional cleaning will minimize the accumulation of plaque and calculus on your teeth. Your hygienist will also provide you with instruction on personalized home care. By working together we can prevent the advancement of gum disease and ensure healthy teeth and a healthy smile in the years ahead. Dr. Cohen, Dr. DeCesare and your hygienist can aid you in determining the treatment best suited to your specific needs.

Dr. Cohen, Dr. DeCesare and their Burlington team of professionals at Lakeside Family Dental take great pride in helping all of our patients to have the healthiest most beautiful smile possible. If you have any questions about periodontal disease, please feel free to speak with one of our Lakeside Family Dental team members today.

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Michelle sherwoodMichelle sherwood
14:16 22 Sep 22
Absolutely amazing! Very highly recommend! Everyone made me feel welcome and always made me feel at ease as I was very anxious and embarrassed. I required Dentures the whole experience was awesome from start to finish. Very highly skilled! I drove one hour to and from each appointment and it was worth it!
Gary SheaGary Shea
14:14 26 Jul 22
The service is excellent by all the staff and Dr Cohen is by far the best dentist that I have ever been to. He is knowledgeable and experienced and ensures that you are comfortable while he is working on your teeth. Many people are concerned with the freezing process when having work done, but Dr. Cohen is so good that you will literally not feel anything. I would highly recommend Dr. Cohen.
David GagnerDavid Gagner
18:50 15 Jun 22
There is no joy living with bad teeth. Less joy understanding how expensive help can be. Most centres are more concerned with money, rather than the patient. Lakeside, Dr. Cohen and the team, are amazing. Why? Because they put me first. Are honest with options and realistic treatment. They want the same thing that I have wanted for years, to see me smile again. I believe in their team, their approach and their desire to make a difference for every patient. They have my trust.
John WrightJohn Wright
20:10 11 May 22
Dr Michael did a great job on my first implant. I was so impressed with the high level of personal service that I transferred my account from a dentist where I had a 20+ year relationship. I feel Lakeshore Dental can serve me better as I need more crowns and implants. The office is clean, spacious and as safe as any business can be. I recommend Dr Michael and his excellent and very friendly support team
Michelle OagMichelle Oag
14:17 09 May 22
I was recommended this dental office by a coworker, I've had many dentists before that didn't understand how sensitive my teeth actually are and since my very first appointment here I knew I finally found the one. They are extremely friendly, very knowledgeable and will answer any questions you might have. Very professional and clean environment. They bill your insurance directly which is a huge relief, I'm so happy to have a dentist I can trust. They are so gentle, you also don't feel the needles going in! This is the first dental office where I didn't feel ANY pain whatsoever. I cannot say enough good things about them.
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