Gum disease progresses through three stages, and it is vital to have it diagnosed and treated as early on as possible. Here at Commack Dental Associates, we are dedicated to preventing the worst consequences of gum disease for you, our valued patient.
The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. It is typically associated with mild symptoms, like redness and irritation of the gums. You may have it and not even know about it. In many cases, gingivitis is diagnosed as part of a regular six month dental checkup with our Commack NY best dentist. The cause of all gum disease is the effects of plaque, along with its hardened form, tartar. Sugar and starchy foods accelerate the damage it causes. If you get a teeth cleaning at your six month checkup, which is routine, it will eliminate all of the plaque and tartar still in your mouth. More important, signs of gingivitis will be reversed and the progress of gum disease will be halted. If you don’t come in for your twice-yearly visit, though, the next stage is called moderate periodontitis, and untreated gum disease will most assuredly head in that direction. Among the symptoms are gums that bleed when you brush, receding gums, and persistent bad breath. Our Commack NY best dentist will do a deeper type of cleaning to address it. The name of it is scaling and root planing. It involves digging down to the roots to get out the plaque and tartar. Chronic periodontitis is the third and final stage. By this point, your gum and bone tissue have started to erode. Your teeth could become loose and even start to fall out.
If you’re thinking that the best strategy is to get in to see our Commack NY best dentist before chronic periodontitis sets in, you’re 100% correct. Call us today to arrange an appointment.