PERIODONTIST IN QUEENS
What is periodontal disease and what should you do about it?
Gum disease or periodontal disease is an ongoing mouth infection that happens when infection surrounds the teeth. It can happen for a variety of reasons, including neglected oral health, heredity, and other health problems that can cause or worsen gum disease. There are several stages of gum disease and a plethora of reasons why people showing signs and symptoms of gum disease need to see a periodontist promptly. Beyond causing pain, discomfort, sensitivity, swelling, bleeding, and loose teeth periodontal disease can lead to other diseases, too. There are a number of systemic links, including but not limited to: heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, diabetes, kidney disease, pregnancy complications, and cancer.
Periodontal disease is a bacterial gum infection that destroys the gum and bone that support your teeth. Early diagnosis and immediate treatment is vital to maintaining a healthy smile and protecting your teeth.
The main cause of periodontal disease is bacterial plaque, a sticky, colorless film that constantly forms on your teeth. If the plaque is not removed, it can turn into a hard substance called calculus or tartar in less than two days.
Tartar is so hard it can only be removed with the proper tools by an oral health professional. Utilizing proper brushing techniques twice per day, flossing at least once per day, and keeping your routine dental cleanings with your general dentist, is the best way to avoid plaque and tartar buildup.
The bacteria in plaque infects the gums and release poisons that cause redness and inflammation. The inflammation and the poisons cause destruction of the tissues and bone that support the teeth. When this happens, the gums separate microscopically from the teeth, forming pockets that fill with more plaque causing more infection.
Not only do periodontal issues affect the health of your teeth, but the health of your entire body. Don't wait to contact a dental healthcare provider. If you are troubled with red and inflamed, potentially bleeding, gums, call us today at 718-310-3409 so we can evaluate the extent of your periodontal issues and get you on a treatment plan back to healthy gums and teeth.
If you are experiencing periodontal problems and are looking for a periodontist in Queens then we are here to help. The first stage is to see the dentist who will make a recommendation to see the periodontist.
Stages of Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease is progressive, with several stages that begin at gingivitis and that can continue to periodontitis and then advanced periodontitis. While the beginning stages of gum disease may only involve some bleeding gums without any pain, it’s important to address it as soon as possible. At our Kew Gardens dental office, the sooner we treat your gum disease, the easier it is to reverse it. Also, the sooner you treat it the lower the chances of it resulting in bone loss, tooth loss, and other diseases.
Gum disease stages and typical symptoms include
- Gingivitis – Gingivitis typically involves bleeding gums and can include red and / or swollen gums and persistent mouth odor. Pockets around teeth begin to develop. The more time passes, the deeper the pockets get and the deeper the pockets, the more room there is for bacteria to grow, thrive, and invoke havoc on your oral and overall health.
- Periodontitis – When gum disease advances, pockets deepen and pain and discomfort can become more frequent. At this stage, you’ll start experiencing significant bone deterioration, which can lead to advanced periodontitis.
- Advanced Periodontitis – When periodontal disease advances, teeth loosen and may fall out. Beyond the obvious signs of problems in the mouth, the mouth infection enters your bloodstream and could be causing other health problems, too.
Request An Appointment
We are more than happy to give advice on periodontal problems. Usually we ask for a referral or x-rays. Make an appointment today and see a periodontist at Kew Gardens Dental Arts. Dr. Daniel Mozenia is our periodontist who is also our periodontist at Manhattan Dental Arts. (see our video below)
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