Gum Disease in Hartsdale
At Guerrino Dentistry, your Hartsdale dentist will examine your teeth as well as their supporting tissues for any oral health conditions that might require attention and care. While preventing cavities is essential for maintaining a vibrant and healthy smile, ensuring that your gums remain in good condition also plays a crucial role in your oral health. Gum disease, like tooth decay, is caused by plaque, which is why brushing, flossing and professional dental cleanings are so important for your teeth as well as your gums.
Your Hartsdale dentist will be able to determine if you have gum disease, and to what extent, by performing a comprehensive exam, checking the condition of the tissue around each tooth, and evaluating the level of supporting bone by taking diagnostic films. In its initial stage, gum disease is referred to as gingivitis, and can be treated with intensive cleanings and improved oral hygiene. This includes a better brushing and flossing routine. Often treatment of the earliest stages of periodontal disease involves deeper cleanings known as scaling, to remove plaque from below the gum line, and root planing, to smooth the roots of the teeth to make it more difficult for plaque to deposit there. If gum disease is not caught or effectively treated early on, it may progress to more advanced stages, and your teeth’s supporting bone may become compromised. Gum disease is a major cause of tooth loss in adults, and the sooner you treat it, the better. However, you may be unaware that you even have gum disease as it can progress without any pain or discomfort. This is why periodic visits to the dentist are so important. Signs that gum disease is present include red, swollen, tender gums, bleeding when you brush and floss, teeth that appear longer due to gums receding, gums separating from the teeth to create pockets, changes in the bite and bad breath. It is important to contact the dentist should you start to see any of these manifestations of gum disease.
As your Hartsdale Dentist, at Guerrino Dentistry our goal is to give you a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. Your oral health is an important part of your overall health and studies have found links between gum disease and systemic health complications. Be sure to see your dentist twice a year to help prevent against gum disease. Give us a call today.