We recently discussed how a toothache could mean you have a cavity or infection that needs treatment, and when to seek care. In today’s blog, your Astoria, NY, dentist is going to look at the warning signs of periodontal disease, and how to help prevent these serious oral health issues with good oral hygiene habits, and regular dental cleanings.
The Signs of Trouble
When you suffer from gum inflammation, also known as gingivitis, or the early stages of periodontal disease, you may experience sore gums that appear redder than normal and bleed easily. As the situation grows more severe, the tissues could swell or recede as well. When you experience these changes, please let us know as soon as possible. Treatment early can make a huge difference for your smile’s health and stability!
Causes and Long-Term Dangers
The initial inflammation could be caused by poor oral hygiene habits, as sugary and starchy foods and drinks feed harmful bacteria to create plaque buildup. Over time, plaque begins to irritate and inflame the tissues, leading to gingivitis. At this stage, treatment could reverse the problem. However, once the tissues pull away from the teeth and form pockets, bacteria will enter them and cause periodontal disease. There is no cure for the disease, but care to manage it is crucial, as the advanced stages are linked to worsening symptoms and adult tooth loss!
Prevention at Home
At home, you can help prevent the disease by avoiding tobacco products, and letting your dentist know if you’re taking any medications or suffer from illnesses related to inflammation. We suggest taking time to brush your teeth for two minutes when you wake and again before bed, and to floss thoroughly every evening as well. These actions remove stray food particles and prevent bacteria from breaking them down, limiting the severity of plaque and tartar on your smile.
A routine dental cleaning every six months means we can remove all plaque and tartar before the disease has time to form. If you develop symptoms, a scaling and root planing will remove the buildup from the teeth and the roots, and routine cleanings every three to four months will help continue to keep your smile safe and stable. If you have any questions about preventing the disease, or if you need to undergo treatment to begin the process of managing it, then please contact our team today. We’re ready to help you continue to enjoy a full and strong smile.
Do You Need Periodontal Care?
Our team wants to help safeguard the stability and health of your smile by ensuring good gum health. To learn more about maintaining good periodontal health, then schedule a consultation by calling Jeffrey Leibowitz, DDS, in Astoria, NY, today at 718-728-8320.