Periodontal Gum Disease: What is it?

Periodontal Gum Disease Treatment | NYC Periodontist

Periodontal Gum Disease Treatment | NYC Periodontist

Periodontal disease is advanced gum disease (advanced gum disease treatment) and is caused by bacteria being allowed to build up on your teeth and gums without being removed through regular brushing and flossing. These bacteria will gradually harden into a substance called calculus that is extremely hard, and which will irritate the delicate gum tissue, prompting the body to fight back. This results in the gums becoming inflamed (inflated gums). Inflammation is very destructive and will gradually eat away at the gums, as well as the ligaments attached to your teeth that help to hold them in their sockets, and even the bony sockets surrounding your teeth.

Periodontal Gum Disease Is a Serious Condition

Without the correct treatment, periodontal disease can eventually result in tooth loss and bone loss. It is a particularly serious condition that has also been linked to many other systemic diseases which include cardiovascular disease and diabetes gum disease. Advanced periodontal disease can be a chronic condition, meaning it is not curable but we can control it.

Periodontal Gum Disease Prevention

The best way to prevent periodontal disease is to follow a good oral hygiene program that is practiced consistently for every day of your life. This means brushing your teeth at least twice a day, preferably first thing in the morning and just before going to bed, and flossing once a day. It’s generally best to floss last thing at night as your mouth tends to produce less saliva to wash away excess bacteria that cause periodontal disease. Going to bed with a clean mouth reduces your risk of developing this condition.

Thoroughly brushing and flossing your teeth should only take between three and five minutes to complete, and everybody should be able to spare this time. It is important to use the correct techniques when brushing and flossing, and if you are ever unsure then please ask us for a practical demonstration that will enable you to make the most of every single second spent looking after your teeth and gums.

Regular Dental Checkups and Professional Cleanings in Our Midtown Manhattan, NYC Center

It’s also important to have regular dental checkups and professional dental cleanings. If your teeth and gums are healthy then appointments are usually every six months, but if you have any risk factors that increase your chances of developing periodontal disease, or if you are currently undergoing treatment to control this condition, you may be asked to come to our Periodontics and Implant Surgery Center more frequently. It’s well worth doing so as spending a little time in our dental office will help reduce your risk and could ultimately save your teeth.

 

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