July 3, 2017
Your teeth and gums are designed to last a lifetime with the right care. You work hard to prevent dental complications from developing to ensure that they do. You brush your teeth each day to be proactive about reducing your risk for tooth decay. Despite your best efforts, you may be overlooking another threat to your oral health—gum disease. It is estimated that more than half of adults have a form of the infection, but many are not aware they have it. With it linked to causing damage to your oral and overall health, you need to work to prevent it from occurring. To help combat periodontal disease in Queens, Dr. Richard Gochman at NY Smile Creators has the information you need to promote your gum health.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease (periodontal disease) is an infection that develops in the gum tissue due to bacteria that is found in plaque and tartar accumulations. The early stages produce bleeding, swollen, and irritated gums. With quick intervention, it can be treated without producing any long-term complications. However, it often goes undiagnosed, allowing it to progress in severity. As time goes on, it will begin to destroy the supporting structures of your teeth, eventually leading to tooth loss. The bacteria can also enter your bloodstream, increasing your risk for serious health issues, such as cardiovascular disease and respiratory issues.
How Can I Prevent Gum Disease?
Gum disease can easily be prevented by maintaining your dental hygiene to reduce plaque and tartar accumulations.
Brush Twice a Day: Brush all the surfaces of your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each session. It is best to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.
Floss Daily: Flossing removes plaque and tartar in areas that cannot be reached with a toothbrush, like the gum line and in between the teeth. Choose a high-quality dental floss to clean in between each tooth.
Visit Your Dentist Twice a Year: In addition to your home oral hygiene, you need to see your dentist twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. We will remove plaque and tartar buildup from areas you have missed at home while monitoring the health of your teeth and gums. With regular care, we can detect the infection early for quick treatment.
Where Can I Get Treatment for Gum Disease?
If your preventive efforts were not enough and you have developed the infection, you need gum disease therapy in Queens. After evaluating your oral health, we will create a proactive treatment plan to stop the damage from worsening while rehabilitating your dental health. Your treatment will include a deep cleaning to remove plaque and tartar from below and above the gum line. Depending on the severity of the infection, we may recommend additional procedures as well.
Protect Your Gum Health
At NY Smile Creators, we strive to promote your oral and overall health. If you suspect you have gum disease, please contact our office right away to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gochman.
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