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1835 Cynthia Ln
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1835 Cynthia Ln
Merrick, NY 11566

Periodontal Treatment in Merrick, NY

Periodontal Treatment
Elite Family Dental Care provides treatment for periodontal disease in Merrick, NY. To learn more or schedule an appointment, call 516-608-0001.

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is another term for gum disease. Mild gum disease is called gingivitis, while periodontitis refers to a more severe infection of the tissues that support your teeth. Periodontal disease often develops due to insufficient oral care, though there is likely a genetic component as well. Certain lifestyle factors are also known risk factors for gum disease.

Fortunately, for many people gum disease is preventable, and mild gum disease is reversible. Twice-daily brushing and daily flossing help to prevent sticky bacteria known as plaque from building up on the teeth. This bacteria produces toxins that infect and irritate the gums. When this bacteria is not removed, it hardens and becomes tartar, which a dentist will need to remove.

Signs, Symptoms, and Risk Factors for Periodontal Disease

Gum disease is a progressive infection, so it will worsen over time. If you notice any of the following signs or symptoms of gum disease, it is important to see a dentist as soon as possible.

  • Tender gums
  • Swollen gums
  • Red gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Bad breath (even when you’ve just brushed your teeth)
  • Toothaches
  • Pain when chewing
  • Loose teeth
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Teeth that look longer than normal because the gum is receding

It is now known that certain risk factors may make patients more susceptible to developing gum disease. The risk factors include the following.

  • Smokers and those who use smokeless tobacco
  • Underlying conditions include diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, immune system disorders
  • Hormonal changes such as menopause or pregnancy
  • Stress
  • Certain medications
  • Grinding/clenching teeth
  • Family history of gum disease
  • Age (gum disease is believed to affect 70% of patients 65 and older)
  • Poor nutrition/vitamin deficiency

Complications of Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease can make you miserable. In addition to swollen, tender gums, and pain while chewing, you risk losing teeth and jaw bone density. Worse still, studies continue to indicate that there is a link between periodontal disease and many serious diseases including:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Bacterial pneumonia
  • Cancer
  • Alzheimer’s disease

FAQs About Periodontal Disease

Does a deep cleaning at the dentist hurt?

Deep cleaning is more often uncomfortable than painful. Usually the discomfort is simply the result of having your mouth held open for a longer than normal period. Local or topical anesthesia is given to numb the areas of the mouth to be treated. You may choose to have the cleanings spread out over two or more appointments.

Will periodontal disease go away on its own?

No. Gum disease will worsen over time, so it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible. Leaving periodontal disease untreated puts you at risk of tooth loss and other systemic diseases.

Can gingivitis be cured?

Yes. Mild periodontal disease responds well to non-surgical treatments such as scaling and root planing when coupled with excellent oral hygiene habits.

How can I prevent gum disease?

The best way to prevent gum disease is to brush your teeth twice daily, floss daily, and see your dentist for regular screenings and cleanings at least twice a year. Schedule a dental appointment at the first sign of tenderness, bleeding, swollen, or dark red gums.

To learn more or schedule an appointment, call 516-608-0001.

Elite Family Dental Care

1835 Cynthia Ln
Merrick, NY 11566