Periodontal disease affects more than half of American adults over the age of 30, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). With locations in Roslyn, New York, and two offices in Midtown Manhattan in New York City, preventing and treating periodontal disease is a top priority for the dentists at ToothDocs. Whether you have early-stage gingivitis or advanced periodontitis, the team at ToothDocs can restore the health of your gums. Call ToothDocs, or schedule an appointment online now to learn more.
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is an infection of the gums. It’s often caused by plaque buildup. When plaque, a film of sticky bacteria, builds up on your gums, it can travel beneath the gum line.
Without treatment, plaque becomes trapped in small pockets below the gum line. It then releases toxins that can degrade your tooth-supporting structures.
Gum disease typically happens in two stages:
Gingivitis is a reversible form of periodontal disease that leads to chronic gum inflammation. If you have gingivitis, your gums may feel swollen and tender. Bleeding gums during brushing is also common.
Periodontitis is an advanced form of gum disease. It occurs when the infection spreads beneath your gum line, deteriorating your tooth-supporting bone and tissue. Your teeth may feel loose and uncomfortable. You may also notice your gums receding.
Many people don’t realize they have periodontal disease until they come in for a teeth cleaning and dental exam. Gum disease can be difficult to notice in its early stages. Some of the most common signs of periodontal disease include:
If you have advanced periodontitis, you may notice puss in the space between your gums and teeth.
Many factors put you at risk of developing periodontal disease, including:
The best way to prevent gum disease is to brush and floss twice a day and schedule a teeth cleaning with ToothDocs once every six months.
While regular teeth cleanings are an important step in maintaining your gum health, the team at ToothDocs may recommend a deep cleaning if necessary.
During a deep cleaning, also called scaling and root planing, the team uses special tools to reach the pockets beneath your gum line. They use these small dental instruments to clean and disinfect these pockets of plaque. Finally, your provider smooths your tooth roots so your gums can reattach.
After a deep cleaning, it’s important to practice good oral hygiene and return to ToothDocs for regular cleanings. These steps can help keep the symptoms of gum disease at bay.
To learn more about periodontal disease, call ToothDocs, or schedule an appointment online today.