Periodontal disease is a serious bacterial infection that attacks the gums and bones that support your teeth. If the disease is left untreated, it can lead to gum recession, pocketing around the teeth, and eventually tooth loss. For Americans in their 30's and beyond, the threat of periodontal disease (gum disease) is more likely. According to the American Dental Association, 70% percent of Americans over the age of 40 have some form of periodontal disease. Unfortunately, 50 percent of Americans do not receive regular dental care.
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Periodontal (Gum) Disease
What is Periodontal Disease?
There are two main stages of Periodontal Disease:
Signs and symptoms:
It is possible to have periodontal disease and have no pain or warning signs until it is too late! Therefore, if you haven't
had a dental checkup, including a periodontal examination and a cleaning within the last six months, consider calling our office so
that we can help you maintain a healthy mouth and a bright smile.
Gary L. Sandler, DDS & Bonnie E. Lipow, DDS
201 Moreland Road, Suite #8
Hauppauge, NY 11788
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Huntington, Kings Park, Deer Park, Dix Hills, Nassau and Suffolk, Long Island, New York. We are considered a Premier dental
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We offer the best dental healthcare available, including periodontal treatment and Periodontal surgery for gingivitis, gum infections
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can replace missing teeth or loose dentures. Emergency dental care, immediate tooth replacement, nightguards, sports mouthguards, &
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Gingivitis, the mildest form, usually causes little or no discomfort. Your gums may appear red or swollen, and they bleed easily. Fortunately, gingivitis is the first and early stage of gum disease and only effects the gums. However, it can be reversed with immediate and proper treatment at the dentist's office followed by consistent good oral hygiene and home care. Untreated gingivitis can advance and lead to:
This is the later or more advanced form of gum disease, if left untreated. The most common effects of chronic Periodontitis are increased tissue inflammation, receding gums, deeper pockets at the gum line, and destruction of the bone and gums that attach to and support your teeth.
One of the major reasons for periodontal disease (and the most preventable one) is the lack of proper homecare for your teeth and gums. Inadequate oral hygiene allows for the formation of plaque, a sticky, colorless film than constantly forms on your teeth. Bacteria thrive in this plaque, and release toxins or poisons that destroy healthy gum tissue. Other contributing factors in the development of periodontal disease are tobacco use, stress, clenching or grinding your teeth (bruxism), diabetes, HIV/AIDS infections, poor nutrition, and hormonal changes (such as during puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause), crooked teeth, defective fillings or restorations, the effects of certain common medications, and finally, genetics. No matter how it has occurred, periodontal disease requires regular dental treatments and rigorous homecare procedures.
What if your gums and teeth don't hurt?
Periodontal disease generally is painless. So even if your gums and teeth don't hurt, you should be on the lookout for signs of infection, including:
- Gums that bleed, especially when brushing or flossing your teeth
- Gums that are red, swollen, or unusually shiny
- Receding gums
- Persistent bad breath
- Pus that appears between your teeth and gums
- Teeth that feel loose or feel different when you bite together
- Partial dentures that don't feel like they fit right
Are you ignoring tooth pain?
As periodontal disease progresses, you may begin to experience increasing sensitivity in your teeth and soreness in your gums. Don't become a statistic of neglect! People who wait until problems arise are more likely to wait too long to get proper dental care and end up with problems that are both more serious in scope and more difficult to treat. In contrast, people who prefer to take a more proactive, healthier, and smarter approach to dental care have minimal problems that are easier and less costly to treat.
Whether or not you and your family members are currently experiencing any oral pain, it's important to have regular checkups. You shouldn't wait for a painful emergency. The best approach is to prevent dental problems now.