Did you know the health of your gums is vital for keeping your smile healthy? Besides tooth decay, the biggest threat to your oral health is a preventable infection called gum (periodontal) disease. Although it can be avoided with the right oral hygiene habits and regular care from your dentist, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates at least 50% of adults have it. If you are among those who have developed the infection, you can save your smile with gum disease therapy near Sayville.
What is Gum Disease?
February is Gum Disease Awareness Month, which is dedicated to educating the public about the high prevalence of the infection and what can be done to prevent it. Periodontal disease occurs when bacteria found in tartar accumulations near the gum line infect and inflame the tissue. Over time, it destroys the supporting structures for your teeth, making it a leading cause of tooth loss. The damages of the infection do not stop in the mouth. The bacteria can also enter your bloodstream. As it circulates throughout your body, it causes inflammation that can cause several health issues, like cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and respiratory infections.
Do I Have Gum Disease?
Many Americans have gum disease but are not aware they have it because they do not recognize the early signs of the condition, like red, swollen, and bleeding gingival tissue. It is not until it progresses in severity to produce more advanced symptoms they realize something is wrong, such as pus pockets near the teeth, loose teeth, and gum recession.
At the first sign of infection, it is best to see your dentist right away for periodontal therapy near Sayville.
How is Gum Disease Treated?
In the past, gum disease was treated with a deep cleaning, known as scaling and root planing. Although the treatment is effective, it is often painful. Now, you can enjoy more successful results and a comfortable procedure with laser gum therapy.
A soft tissue Nd Yag. laser targets the area of disease, killing as much as 99% of bacteria. It also cauterizes as it cuts to reduce the risk of bleeding and infection while you heal. The laser stimulates your body’s cells to encourage the regeneration of healthy tissue. This allows your gums to reattach to your teeth to help seal out bacteria.
Overall, the laser provides more accurate and effective results using a virtually pain-free treatment. In fact, there is no need for cutting and suturing.
Protect Your Smile from Gum Disease
Although gum disease is common, you can reduce your risk by brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing every night, and visiting your dentist twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. If you notice signs of the infection, do not wait to get the treatment you need.
About Dr. Makadia
Dr. Makadia provides advanced dental services to protect the health of your teeth and gums. He is supported by extensive qualifications in many areas of dentistry, like periodontal therapy. He offers laser gum therapy to restore the health of your smile. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.