Better Oral Health with Gum Disease Therapy
Better Oral and Overall Heath with Periodontal Therapy
According to recent statistics, 80% of adults over 35 develop some form of gum disease. Because of this, Dr. Tong and Dr. LaCap are proactive about diagnosing and treating this common affliction. Also known as periodontal disease, it usually begins with mild symptoms, such as swollen or bleeding gums. Left untreated, though, it can lead to tooth loss and other serious oral health conditions, including an increased risk of stroke, osteoporosis, and diabetes complications. Are you struggling with any symptoms of gum disease? Call Washington Dental Associates or Smile More Dentistry to schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Tong or Dr. LaCap. We offer personalized periodontal therapy plans for patients from Tappan as well as Bergenfield, Dumont, and other parts of New York and New Jersey. Whatever stage of periodontal disease you’re struggling with, our team is here to help you completely renew your oral health and function.
What Causes Gum Disease?
A range of factors contribute to gum disease, including heredity and diet. However, the actual cause of this oral health condition is the buildup of bacterial plaque at and below the gum line. As plaque accumulates along the gum line, your smile is exposed to a harmful acidic attack that can break down the natural fibers holding your gums to your teeth. This results in an increase in the depths of the pockets between teeth and gums. These larger pockets allow bacteria and plaque to further accumulate. Eventually, the acidic plaques are able to access the bloodstream and the rest of the body. This can lead to a serious loss of bone and gum tissue, soft tissue infection, as well as advanced tooth decay and even tooth loss. All of these risks make seeking periodontal therapy as quickly as possible essential.
Who Is Most at Risk?
The following conditions can increase a patient’s risk of gum disease:
- Hormone fluctuations
- Poor nutrition or poor hygiene
- HIV and any disease resulting in immunosuppression
Comprehensive Periodontal Therapy
To stop gum disease and restore dental health, we’ll talk to you about non-surgical periodontal therapy, which may include scaling and root planing or antibiotics. Once your treatment is complete, we’ll take steps to protect your health and investment by making sure your homecare is adequate. Additionally, we will suggest re-care every three months to help prevent recurrence.
5 Common Warning Signs of Gum Disease
There are two forms of gum disease commonly referred to as gingivitis and periodontitis. When gum disease is diagnosed in the earliest stages (gingivitis), it is highly treatable. Unfortunately, the mild symptoms of gingivitis make it difficult. When gum disease progresses to the periodontitis stage, the serious impact on oral health can be detrimental. In order to ensure we can begin periodontal therapy in the earliest and most treatable stages, we need to inform our patients about the warning signs. The five most common early warning signs of gum disease are:
- Bleeding gums. This typically occurs during brushing and flossing, but some patients notice light bleeding during meals and without any movement at all.
- Discoloration to the gum tissue. Patients may notice darker pink or red coloring to the soft tissue.
- Inflammation or puffiness in the soft tissue.
- Teeth that look longer due to recession of the gums.
- Infection or sores in the gum tissue.