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Gum disease is a serious condition that can lead to tooth loss, jawbone deterioration, and infection. It occurs when plaque builds up in your mouth and decays your gums and teeth. When you understand the early signs of gum disease you will be prepared to fight against it.
With a proper dental care routine, including regular visits to your Katonah, NY, dentist, you can prevent gum disease from taking a toll on your teeth. If you are showing any of the following signs of gum disease visit Dr. Enyoung Park and Dr. Terry Lin at ParkLin Dental.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is caused by an accumulation of plaque. Plaque is the combination of bacteria, food debris, and saliva which breaks down tooth enamel and deteriorates gums. There are several stages of gum disease to look out for: gingivitis, slight, moderate, and advanced periodontal disease.
In its earliest stage, the gingivitis stage, gum disease can be reversed with better oral hygiene. However, as periodontal disease progresses it becomes harder to cure and may require surgery to remove infected parts of the jaw. To prevent gum disease from progressing it is important to catch it at its earliest symptoms.
Early Signs of Gum Disease
- Bad breath
- Bleeding gums after brushing or flossing
- Changes in bite
- Loose teeth
- Mouth Pain
- Receding gums
- Separating teeth
- Swollen, tender, or irritated gums
You can beat gum disease in its early stages because it has yet to infect your jawbone or teeth. Your Katonah, NY, dentists Dr. Park and Dr. Lin can help you in this stage if you visit regularly and take care of your teeth with their recommended hygiene routine. Be sure to always brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once a day. Avoid food that contributes to plaque build-up and quit smoking. If the disease advances more serious procedures are required. Prevent costly surgery by taking care of the early signs of gum disease.
If you notice any of these early symptoms call ParkLin Dental at (914) 232-8182 to schedule an appointment. You can visit Dr. Park and Dr. Lin at their office in Katonah, NY, for regular cleanings and other services to fight gum disease. Don't hesitate, call today!
How your dentists in Katonah, New York can help the health of your smile
Gum disease affects many people and it affects both the young and the old, both women and men, and it can lead to more serious complications and affect your overall health. The good news is gum disease can be treated. Dr. Enyoung Park and Dr. Terry Lin at ParkLin Dental in Katonah, New York offer a full range of treatments to help your gums and teeth get healthy and stay healthy.
Gum disease is caused by the bacteria contained in the plaque which forms on your teeth. The bacteria cause inflammation, which leads to swelling, redness, and bleeding. In fact, you may have gum disease if you notice:
- Your gums bleed during brushing and flossing
- Your gums look red, swollen, or puffy
- Your gums are irritated or painful
- You notice chronic bad breath or a sour taste in your mouth
If you think you have gum disease, you must begin a program of great oral hygiene, which includes:
Brushing after each meal and before bed; use a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush in a gentle circular motion on all surfaces of all teeth and along the gumline. Many people prefer a sonic or electric toothbrush because of its flushing action.
Floss at least once each day; use either waxed or unwaxed floss and wrap it around the tooth as you go down in between your teeth. This wrapping action helps the floss to stay on the tooth surface and remove plaque more efficiently. You can use floss picks instead of a piece of floss if you have arthritis or other dexterity issues.
Visiting your dentist at least once each year for a thorough dental exam including x-rays; visiting your dentist regularly can make the difference and help prevent gum disease from turning into periodontal disease, which damages the bone supporting your teeth.
Visiting your dental hygienist at least every six months for a thorough dental cleaning; your hygienist will remove the hard and soft deposits on your teeth.
Gum disease can be treated and you can achieve a healthy smile, but you have to get started. To find out more about keeping your smile healthy and avoiding gum and periodontal disease, call Dr. Enyoung Park and Dr. Terry Lin at ParkLin Dental in Katonah, New York today!