We do! At the dental office of Dr. Nancy Tobin, gum disease is one of our top concerns at every visit, for every patient. In fact, we’re going to devote the next few blogs to gum disease so our patients know how to recognize it and what to do about it.
What Is Gum Disease?
“Periodontal disease” is the technical name for gum disease, an infection of the tissues that support your teeth.
● Gingivitis is the mildest form of periodontal disease. Your gums may be red and swollen, and may bleed easily when brushing or flossing. Even a little bleeding is NOT ok, and it’s a sign that you should visit our office in Garden City soon.
● Periodontitis is more advanced gum disease, occurring when gingivitis goes untreated. Bacterial plaque on your teeth irritates your gums and they begin to break down, creating deeper and deeper pockets around your teeth, until they start to loosen or even fall out.
If you notice any swollen, sore or bleeding gums, or loose teeth, come see us right away! We will make every effort to save your natural teeth. We can replace lost teeth with dental implants or bridges and dentures, but wouldn’t you rather smile with your own teeth?
Healthy teeth and gums are important building blocks for good overall health and well-being as well. That’s why we take our time during comprehensive exams and checkups to look for any signs of periodontal disease. In our next blog, we’ll talk more about the links between gum disease and other serious health conditions. You might be surprised to learn how healthy gums and your general health are connected!
Protect your health…prevent periodontal disease! According to the National Institutes of Health, smoking is the #1 risk factor for gum disease. In fact, if you use tobacco, it makes treatment more difficult. It’s never too late to quit!
If you’re due for a regular visit, or have any questions or concerns, why not give us a call at our Garden City dental office at 516.747.2535 today?