Gum disease is not just a nuisance. It’s a serious threat to your oral health, which can lead to gum and bone loss, and loose teeth if it advances far enough. Our periodontist in Muttontown, Warren Baine, DMD, is dedicated to stopping the progress of gum disease in its tracks. That means the top priority is prevention, and the next highest priority is successful treatment at its earliest stage, which is called gingivitis.
The cause of gingivitis is that dental plaque, the film-like bacteria, and its crustier form, tartar, get into your gum tissue and cause redness and irritation, which are the obvious symptoms of gingivitis. The less sugar and starch in your diet, the less plaque is created. And by brushing twice per day, and flossing once, you will effectively remove most, if not all of the plaque that is on your teeth and at the gum line. Whatever is missed will become tartar, which cannot be eliminated with at-home oral hygiene. When you come in to see our periodontist in Muttontown, a visual inspection of your gums as part of a complete examination will result in a diagnosis of gingivitis. The treatment for it is a simple teeth cleaning; the same one that you get (or should get) every six months for preventive reasons. Tartar buildup is eradicated, and the effects of gingivitis are reversed. It may take a second round of cleaning to get the desired outcome, particularly in stubborn cases, but it’s essential to do so. If gingivitis is not addressed, the next stage is later stage periodontal disease, which includes alarming symptoms (receding gums, bleeding while brushing, etc.), and a deeper and more invasive type of cleaning.
Contact our office and let us arrange a prompt appointment for you to have a teeth cleaning done by our periodontist in Muttontown.