Treatment for Gum Disease
Gum disease, also called periodontitis, is a serious oral health condition that can threaten your smile as well as your overall health. Not only is gum disease the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States, but it has also been linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and premature birth. Therefore, at Gramercy Dental Center, we take your gum health seriously. We offer a number of proven dental treatments to reverse periodontal disease before it produces detrimental consequences within your health and impacts your well-being.
Your gums play an important role towards your oral health, and they are the foundation of your smile. However, these connective tissues are also susceptible to infection, particularly when plaque and tartar are allowed to accumulate along the tooth roots and gums. In many cases, this infection is triggered when oral hygiene is neglected or when brushing and flossing habits are not adhered to. At its first stages, gum disease presents itself as red, puffy or swollen gums. However, early gum disease (gingivitis) can quickly advance and cause the gums to recede or pull away from the tooth roots. If allowed to progress further, the infection can destroy the underlying bone structure, causing teeth to lose their stability or even fall out.
Symptoms and Causes of Periodontal Disease
One of the best ways we can help patients avoid serious gum disease is by educating them on the signs and symptoms to watch out for. Gum disease is highly treatable in its early stages. If you are experiencing one or more of the following warning signs, consider making an appointment for gum disease therapy at Gramercy Dental Center:
- Bleeding gums after brushing
- Puffy, red and tender gums
- Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
- Receding gums
- Persistent bad breath
- Teeth that have become loose
- Changes in how your teeth or dentures fit together
While we assess your gum health at every routine dental checkup, some patients may require more frequent exams or benefit from a deep cleaning on a periodic basis. Those who use tobacco, have a family history of gum disease or suffer from diabetes are at a higher risk for periodontal disease. In addition, pregnancy and crooked teeth that are difficult to clean may also make you more susceptible to gum infections.
To learn more about effective gum disease from a top New York dentist, please contact our office today.