Gum disease is a common dental problem that affects millions of people worldwide. Also known as periodontal disease, it is caused by the buildup of plaque on teeth and gums, which leads to inflammation and infection of the gum tissue. If left untreated, gum disease can result in tooth loss and other serious health problems.
At Westchester Smile Design, we understand the importance of maintaining healthy gums. That’s why we offer a range of treatments to help prevent and treat gum disease.
The early stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. It can cause redness, swelling, and bleeding of the gums. Gingivitis can usually be reversed with proper dental care, such as regular brushing and flossing and professional dental cleanings. However, if left untreated, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis, a more severe form of gum disease.
Periodontitis occurs when the infection spreads from the gum tissue to the bone and supporting structures of the teeth. This can cause the gums to recede and teeth to become loose, leading to tooth loss. In addition, periodontitis has been linked to other health problems such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
At Westchester Smile Design, we offer a variety of treatments to help prevent and treat gum disease. These include:
- Professional Dental Cleanings: Regular dental cleanings can remove plaque and tartar buildup that can lead to gum disease.
- Scaling and Root Planing: For more advanced cases of gum disease, scaling and root planing may be recommended. This deep cleaning procedure involves removing plaque and tartar buildup from the teeth and root surfaces and smoothing out rough spots on the root surfaces.
- Laser Therapy: We use laser therapy to remove infected gum tissue and promote healing.
- Gum Surgery: In severe cases of gum disease, surgery may be necessary to remove infected tissue and restore gum health.
If you are experiencing symptoms of gum disease, such as redness, swelling, and bleeding of the gums, it’s important to schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible. We can assess the extent of the problem and recommend the best treatment plan to restore your oral health.
In addition, taking steps to prevent gum disease is essential. This includes brushing and flossing regularly, using an antibacterial mouthwash, eating a healthy diet, and avoiding smoking and other tobacco products.
At Westchester Smile Design, our goal is to help you maintain healthy gums and teeth for a lifetime. If you have any concerns about your oral health or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us today.
Remember, early detection and treatment of gum disease can help prevent more serious health problems down the line. Don’t wait until it’s too late – call us today!