Over 80% of United States adults suffer from some degree of gum disease, which is a risk factor in heart and lung disease. At SPA Dental Group, the team led by Shebani Pahwa, DDS, Maham Siddiqui, DDS, and Samantha Ben-Ezra, DMD, can help treat your periodontal disease to ensure your gums remain healthy and your oral health is perfect. If you have questions regarding your oral health and need periodontal treatment, call either of their offices in Midtown East, Manhattan, in New York City, or Washington, DC, or book an appointment online today.
Periodontal disease, known as gum disease, is when your gums become inflamed and bleed easily due to the buildup of bacteria in plaque.
There are many symptoms related to gum disease, such as:
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important you schedule a consultation with the team at SPA Dental Group to treat your gum disease and avoid consequences such as losing a tooth.
The three stages of gum disease are:
This is the earliest stage of gum disease in which you may notice some bleeding during brushing and flossing. Luckily, any damage during this stage can easily be reversed as the bone and connective tissue holding your tooth hasn’t been affected.
If your gingivitis is left untreated, periodontitis can occur. In this stage, your gums slowly detach from your teeth, creating deep pockets where food and plaque can build up and cause further damage. In addition, your gums will recede more and bleed easily.
In this final stage, the supporting structures of your teeth, including bone and fibers, are destroyed. This can result in your teeth shifting, loosening, or falling out. This leads to pain while chewing or bad breath.
Gum disease is highly preventable and can be reversed by practicing proper plaque control methods. These include having a semiannual dental checkup, brushing and flossing daily, and avoiding smoking.
Because there are different stages to periodontal disease, the team at SPA Dental Group offers a variety of nonsurgical and surgical treatments to eliminate plaque and prevent tooth loss, including:
Routine dental cleanings help remove the buildup of plaque and tartar from hard-to-reach places on your teeth.
Scaling and root planing is a more in-depth cleaning that removes bacteria from the surface of your teeth and beneath your gums.
In addition, regular brushing and flossing are crucial to maintaining the health of your teeth and gums and preventing gum disease from occurring.
If you’re struggling with any gum disease symptoms and want to stop your gingivitis from progressing, call SPA Dental Group or schedule an appointment online today.