Gum disease is every bit as much a threat to your overall oral wellness as tooth decay is, but it’s often given a lesser degree of attention. Not so here at Dental Implants and Periodontology of Massapequa, where the facts about gum disease are of a high priority for us so that we can help you.
The cause of 11758 gum disease is the effect of dental plaque. It’s the sticky invisible film that grows on teeth and at the gum line. Sugar and starch are like fuel for the formation of plaque, so to the extent that you can limit them from your diet, you are doing a good thing to prevent gum disease (and tooth decay, as well). Any plaque that is not removed during your twice-daily brushing and your once per day flossing is going to turn into hardened tartar, which is just as hazardous to your gums but cannot be efficiently eradicated by at-home oral hygiene methods. Symptoms of 11758 gum disease depend on how far it has progressed. Early on, in the stage called gingivitis, you should expect irritation and redness. Later on, as the later stage of periodontitis comes into focus, the symptoms become more alarming: receding gums, bleeding while brushing, persistent bad breath, loss of gum and bone tissue, inflammation, infection, etc. Treatment for gingivitis is a simple teeth cleaning; the same one you get during every six month visit for an examination. However, periodontitis requires a deeper type of cleaning called scaling and root planing, or simply a periodontal cleaning. It means getting down to the roots to remove the offending plaque and tartar so your gums can heal.
The best thing you can do right now to manage 11758 gum disease is to contact our office and let us schedule you for a visit to come in for a teeth cleaning soon.