Many people pay close attention to the appearance and health of their teeth. Unfortunately, fewer people pay attention to their gums, which are equally as important. At Rockville Centre Dentistry, your periodontal health is one of our top priorities. From proper education to periodontal care, we’ve got you covered!
The Dangers of Periodontal Disease
According to the CDC, periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease, affects nearly half of American adults. The disease is the result of an infection in the gum tissues, connective ligaments, and eventually the supportive bone in the jaw. This infection is caused by the bacteria found in plaque and tartar buildup. In response to the bacteria, our immune system releases toxins that also target healthy tissues, leading to the infection.
The first stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis. Gingivitis is characterized by red, swollen gums that tend to bleed easily. Luckily, gingivitis is both easy to treat and reverse with improvements to your brushing and flossing, as well as regular checkups and appointments. During your checkup and cleaning, Henry Cuttler, DDS will be able to diagnose the early stages of gum disease, and keep the bacteria at bay.
If gingivitis remains untreated, your symptoms will worsen. This stage of gum disease is known as periodontitis. Advanced periodontitis is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. To treat your periodontitis before tooth loss occurs, we may recommend a scaling and root planing.
Prevention Is Key
Periodontal care is largely preventative, or at least it should be. Both gingivitis and periodontitis are easy to prevent with the proper care. It all starts with your daily oral hygiene practices. Brush your teeth at least twice daily, especially after meals and before bed. Flossing once a day can also drastically improve your oral health.
On top of your oral hygiene, a balanced diet is the next best thing to help prevent deterioration. The bacteria that lead to gum disease love to feed off sugars and other simple carbohydrates. By limiting your exposure to sugary snacks, you limit the growth of harmful bacteria.
Biannual checkups and cleanings allow us to closely monitor your oral health. We will review the proper brushing and flossing techniques, as well as highlight areas that need more attention. In some cases, professional cleaning is the only way to remove tartar, calcified deposits of plaque, that further contribute to the development of gum disease.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing, or “deep cleaning,” is an excellent way to combat gum disease. During the procedure, we will use a hand tool or ultrasonic scaler, to eliminate plaque and tartar deposits for the surfaces of your teeth. If the procedure is a success, your gums should return to a pink, healthy state. It should also reduce the depths of your periodontal pockets. Deep periodontal pockets are a big indicator of gum disease. These pockets trap bacteria, plaque, tartar, and food debris between the roots and gum tissues. This can accelerate the infection and cause further damage.
Schedule Your Appointment Now!
To learn more about our periodontal services call (516) 678-0100, and schedule your appointment now!