Gum disease is a condition that develops when dental plaque and tartar irritate, inflame, or even infect your gum tissue. At Maspeth Family Dental Group, our commitment to your oral well-being most certainly includes your gums, without which your teeth would be left to loosen and fall out. There is no doubt that seeing our Elmhurst dentist two times per year is good for your gums, and consequently the health of your mouth in general.
There are four common states of gum disease. The first is gingivitis. It is here that the problems begin. Mild irritation and redness are typical, though they may not be any obvious symptoms to alert you. In many instances, gingivitis is first noticed as part of a six month oral examination by our Elmhurst dentist. The way to remedy it is fortunately very simple. The same teeth cleaning you get as part of our visit is also responsible for reversing the effects of gingivitis. In some more challenging cases, it’s possible that a second cleaning may be needed for optimal results. The later stage of gum disease is known as periodontitis, but may be either chronic or aggressive. The difference is in the rapidity of its progression. But either way, you can expect signs like receding gums, bleeding while brushing, and persistent bad breath. There are outside factors related other health conditions that can speed up the advancement of gum disease. Among them are diabetes and heart disease. And necrotizing periodontal disease results in dead gum tissue. Possible treatments for periodontitis are scaling and root planing, which is a deep type of cleaning; and gum surgery. Our Elmhurst dentist will discuss options with you in order to identify the most appropriate one for your unique situation.
Keep your gums strong, vibrant, and pink. Contact our office now to set up an appointment with our Elmhurst dentist for a full checkup.