Gum disease can be mild or it can be severe. At its worst, it can erode gum and bone tissue, resulting in loose teeth. At Maspeth Family Dental Group, it is a top priority of ours to prevent gum disease, or at least stop it early enough to ensure that you avoid the worst consequences of it.
It is dental plaque, in both its film-like state, as well as in the state of hardened tartar, that causes gum disease. Brushing at least two times per day, flossing before bed, and coming in to see our Elmhurst best dentist every six months comprise the effective strategy to keep gum disease at bay. The early stage is called gingivitis. It is associated with redness and irritation, which you may not even notice until diagnosed during your six month oral examination. Fortunately, all it takes is a teeth cleaning to reverse its effects at that point. In certain stubborn cases, a second cleaning might be necessary. Periodontitis is the latter stage of gum disease, and may be considered either chronic, which develops at a steady pace; or aggressive, which can develop considerably faster. Possible indications include consistently bad breath, receding gums, and bleeding occurring when you brush your teeth. If you notice one or more of those signs, it’s essential that you see our Elmhurst best dentist right away. Scaling and root planing, also called a periodontal cleaning, is often sufficient to reverse late stage gum disease. There is one other form that you should be aware of, and that is necrotizing gum disease. In this instance, some of your gum tissue ends up dead, requiring a prompt evaluation and treatment.
Reach out to our office so that we can schedule you for an appointment to see our Elmhurst best dentist. There is no benefit to waiting when it comes to the health of your gums.