50% of Americans over 30 currently have gum disease, according to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. Without gum disease treatment, you could eventually suffer tooth loss, heart disease, diabetes, and other serious illnesses. 88 Smile Designs in Mount Vernon, New York, offers effective gum disease treatment from a dedicated expert team of gum disease specialists. Take action now to prevent gum disease from ruining your smile and your oral health. Just call the office or click the online scheduler anytime.
Gum disease is a common condition in which bacteria accumulates in your dental plaque. On your teeth, that same plaque turns into cavities over time if it’s not removed.
In your gum tissue, lingering plaque eventually causes such severe irritation and inflammation that it can erode your gums and loosen your teeth. In severe untreated gum disease, you could lose teeth and bone mass.
Multiple advanced studies have linked gum disease to systemic diseases like diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and heart disease. But the good news is, gum disease is treatable, particularly if you get help sooner rather than later.
Gum disease is often symptom-free in its initial stage, which is called gingivitis. Your 88 Smile Designs care provider can diagnose gingivitis during dental appointments, even if you don’t have obvious symptoms yet.
If you don't get treatment, your gingivitis can progress into advanced gum disease, called periodontitis. Periodontitis includes symptoms such as:
Periodontitis can advance quite rapidly, so it’s important to get gum disease treatment before you experience major side effects like tooth and bone loss.
Gingivitis treatment at 88 Smile Designs focuses on removing bacteria and maintaining a healthy mouth.
For gingivitis, treatment might include a series of dental cleanings along with more diligent oral hygiene at home. Your dentist might also recommend a prescription antimicrobial mouth rinse.
If you have periodontitis, the treatment approach is more aggressive. Deeper dental cleanings called scaling and root planing, are often a key component of periodontitis treatment.
Of course, oral care at home must improve significantly and you’ll likely use prescription products to help deter new plaque growth. Antimicrobial medications can fight severe gum disease, and they’re often used in combination with scaling and root planing.
You might need surgery, either laser or traditional, for periodontitis. Gum surgery can reduce the gaps between your teeth and gums to deter bacteria accumulation. If you’ve experienced severe gum recession and jawbone loss, you might need gum tissue or bone grafts to restore full health.
Don’t allow gum disease to drag you down. Book online or call 88 Smile Designs for help today.