YOU MAY NOT THINK MUCH ABOUT YOUR GUMS WHEN YOU SCHEDULE A DENTAL-CHECKUP, but periodontal health is critical to overall oral health.
When food particles get trapped between teeth and plaque hardens into tartar, a bacterial infection called gum disease can take root. Gum disease, in the early stage, is referred to as gingivitis. Patients with gingivitis may ignore the painless warning signs, which include swelling, redness, and bleeding when you brush your teeth. Advanced gum disease, called periodontitis, is the leading cause of tooth loss for American adults.
Periodontal disease (gum disease) has been linked to complications for diabetics and pregnant mothers. It is also responsible for an increased risk of stroke, heart attack, osteoporosis, and respiratory ailments. Fortunately, the Staten Island Dental Care hygiene team will help you avoid or recover from gum disease.
At each checkup, we will evaluate your gums for periodontal disease and address problem areas with non-surgical therapy. Scaling away hardened plaque below the gum line, planing roots to eliminate rough areas prone to plaque buildup, and administering Arestin antibiotic to fight bacteria can help many patients recover from periodontal disease. We will refer advanced cases to a trusted periodontist.
If you suffer from bleeding gums, if you notice redness or swelling, or if you have not seen a dentist in the past six months, call to schedule your visit with Staten Island Dentist Dr. Fred Hecht. Our patients find our location and our extended hours convenient for their busy lifestyles. You will, too! Click here to learn more about gum disease.