Effective Periodontal Care Can Combat Gum Disease

While healthy teeth are important, the team at KFA Dental is also concerned with the health of your gums. Periodontal disease is a serious problem that affects millions of people in the U.S. It is also the leading cause of adult tooth loss. Fortunately, Drs. Donald KahnAngela Ferrari, and Daniel Aldieri offer effective periodontal care to protect your smile. At our Farmingdale, NY, office we focus largely on preventive treatment such as exams and cleanings; however, we are also ready to treat gum disease if it arises. Scaling and root planing—also known as a deep cleaning—is one of the most common treatments for gingivitis. When performed in a timely fashion, this procedure can avert serious discomfort, tooth loss, and even systemic health complications.

What Is Gum Disease?

An illustration showing a normal tooth and a tooth with periodontitis

Gum disease can occur due to an excess of oral bacteria. There are two stages of the condition. During the first stage, gingivitis, bacteria can build up along the edges of your gums, causing slight inflammation and bleeding. At this point, the disease is reversible, typically with a basic professional cleaning and a good at-home dental hygiene routine. When left unchecked, however, gingivitis can worsen into periodontitis, a disease for which there is no cure. Periodontitis develops when bacteria moves from your gum line to the deeper levels of tissue, creating pockets around your dental roots.

Brushing, flossing, and routine professional cleanings are the most effective ways to prevent gum disease, and poor dental hygiene is the leading cause of this condition. There are also a number of other conditions that can increase your risk factors for periodontitis, including:

  • Smoking
  • Excess alcohol consumption
  • Dry mouth
  • Certain medications
  • Other health conditions
  • Genetics

Brushing, flossing, and routine professional cleanings are the most effective ways to prevent gum disease.

The Symptoms of Gum Disease

Gingivitis typically causes mild symptoms, but once periodontitis develops, the effects could be much more pronounced. You may suffer from significant discomfort, gum inflammation, and chronic bad breath. As the pockets of bacteria grow larger, they often cause your gums to recede away from your dental roots. Thus, as the disease progresses, your teeth could loosen and eventually fall out. Your gum line could also recede visibly. Due to tooth loss and the erosion caused by oral bacteria, your jawbone could also start to recede, compromising your entire facial structure.

Periodontal Care at KFA Dental

We strive to treat gum disease in all its forms as early as possible—before you experience tooth loss or any other symptoms. In most cases, our dentists will recommend scaling and root planing. First, your doctor will eliminate pockets of bacteria from your gums while simultaneously trimming away damaged tissue. Then he or she will smooth your dental roots. By getting rid of the rough patches, your dentist can keep microbes from coming back and hiding in these microscopic grooves. You may also require topical antibiotics to destroy bacteria more thoroughly. Gum disease is a chronic condition, but a deep cleaning can halt its progression. Afterwards, it is vital that you maintain good oral hygiene to prevent any future occurrences.

Treat Gum Disease as Early as Possible

Our thorough and experienced care can help prevent tooth loss and other serious dental damage. If you are experiencing the symptoms of gingivitis or gum disease, contact our office online or call (516) 249-1188 to schedule your appointment today.

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