Before you even notice symptoms of gum disease, it may be too late to prevent significant dental damage including gum recession and tooth loss. Periodontal disease impacts not only your oral health, but can also have serious consequences on your overall wellness. Recognizing the importance of healthy gums, we offer complete periodontal care at our Malverne, NY, practice.
Our team has extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of gum disease. At Smiles on Broadway Dental Care, we focus heavily on preventive treatments. However, we can also provide more aggressive care if gum disease does develop, as well as monitor your health so that you can enjoy systemic wellness and a beautiful smile for years to come.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease affects a large percentage of American adults. The condition develops when bacteria accumulates in the gums, first causing mild inflammation. Eventually, if left untreated, bacteria will move deeper into soft tissues, where pockets will form around tooth roots.
These pockets may grow larger over time, and as periodontitis worsens it can cause symptoms including gum sensitivity, bleeding, receding gums, and chronic bad breath. As the gums recede, patients may also experience tooth loss and jawbone recession.
Our principal goal is to prevent gum disease from developing in the first place. We emphasize preventive care, including regular professional cleanings. During these visits, our hygienist will remove harmful bacteria, eliminating microbes that you cannot reach by brushing and flossing at home. We also provide our patients with tips for improving at-home care.
Periodontal care is the first defense against both oral and general health complications, and our skilled practitioners possess the necessary expertise to both effectively prevent and treat gum disease.
Of course, if gum disease does develop, we are prepared to meet your needs. Scaling and root planing, or deep cleaning, is one of the most common and effective treatments for periodontitis. Your dentist or hygienist will gently remove pockets of bacteria from the gums, and level out the rough places on the dental roots. These microscopic fissures and cracks can easily trap bacteria. Therefore, scaling and root planing will decrease your risk of recurring periodontitis.
Because gum disease is a chronic condition, routine care after your deep cleaning is vital. In fact, you may want to schedule more than two office visits per year.
Why Is It Important to Treat Gum Disease?
Periodontal care is essential for your overall health. If gum disease worsens, teeth may eventually loosen or fall out. At this point, patients may require extensive restorative treatment such as bone grafting or other types of oral surgery.
Gum disease is also linked to cardiovascular health. Studies show that patients with periodontitis are more likely to suffer from heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. Therefore, gum disease treatment can prevent more serious complications down the road.
Contact Us for the Care You Need
If you are experiencing any gum disease symptoms, or if you would simply like a routine cleaning, contact us today to schedule an appointment. Periodontal care is the first defense against both oral and general health complications, and our skilled practitioners possess the necessary expertise to both effectively prevent gum disease and treat it if it has already developed.