Early intervention is key when it comes to treating gum disease. At White Plains Family Dentistry in White Plains, New York, an experienced team of dental professionals stops gum disease in its tracks with a number of periodontal treatments, including routine dental cleanings, scaling and root planing, and Arestin® treatments. To learn more about the periodontal services available at White Plains Family Dentistry, call or book an appointment online today.
Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease is an inflammation of the gums caused by a buildup of plaque and bacteria. As your gums become inflamed, the tissues supporting your teeth are gradually destroyed.
This ultimately leads to decay and tooth loss if left untreated. In its early stages, gum disease is treatable. Without proper treatment, however, the damage can become irreversible. There are two different types of gum disease:
Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease, when bacteria begins to build up in your mouth, leading to gum inflammation. If you have gingivitis, your gums may feel tender and bleed easily when you brush your teeth. Fortunately, gingivitis is reversible and easily treated with routine dental cleanings and proper oral hygiene, such as flossing regularly and brushing twice a day.
As advanced gum disease, periodontitis is not reversible, but it is manageable. While many periodontitis patients experience teeth that feel loose, others have no symptoms at all. At this stage, the White Plains Family Dentistry team typically recommends a more advanced treatment than a professional cleaning, such as scaling and root planing combined with Arestin® treatments.
Poor oral hygiene is the primary cause of gum disease, but other factors that put you at risk of the condition include:
If you are predisposed to gum disease, the experts at White Plains Family Dentistry can create an individualized care plan to prevent the disease from progressing.
The symptoms of gum disease vary from person to person, but the most common to watch out for include:
While many patients experience some form of gum discomfort in the beginning stages of the disease, not everybody experiences symptoms of gum disease.
In addition to improved oral hygiene habits at home, there are three types of gum disease treatments that the White Plains Family Dentistry team offers:
A dental cleaning gets rid of the bacteria and plaque buildup in your mouth above and below your gum line. While the White Plains Family Dentistry team recommends bi-annual routine cleanings in their office, you may want to schedule additional visits if you are diagnosed with gum disease.
Recommended for patients with advanced gum disease, scaling and root planing targets the plaque and bacteria buildup below the gum line. This is a nonsurgical procedure that requires your dentist to scrape away bacteria and smooth out rough spots on your tooth roots to eliminate the signs of gum disease. If you currently have periodontal disease it’s important to schedule preventive cleanings every three months.
The Arestin® treatment was created for patients with progressive gum disease. As a local antibiotic, the White Plains Family Dentistry team applies the treatment directly to the pockets in your gums caused by advanced gum disease. Over an extended period of time, Arestin® targets harmful bacteria and reduces pocket depth, so your gums heal faster.
Periodontal maintenance is crucial to keeping gum disease at bay. For the best results, it’s important to schedule maintenance appointments with the White Plains Family Dentistry team once every three months. Call or book an appointment online today to learn more.
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