Keeping your gums healthy and strong is equally important to the attention given your teeth when it comes to your dental health. Our Madison Brooklyn dentist, Dr. Abraham Esses, will help you to keep maintain your gums with periodontal therapies ranging from the preventative to treatment for advanced gum disease. Naturally, keeping to a schedule of regular dental exams and professional cleanings is an excellent strategy for preventing gum disease. In addition, your dietary choices play a big role as does your at home routines of brushing, flossing, and using dental rinses.
As with most any disease, periodontal disease- or simply gum disease- is easiest to treat when it is caught early. In its early stages, gum disease is marked by gingivitis. When our Madison Brooklyn dentist finds mild gum disease, he can often treat it with a simple periodontal cleaning. More intense treatments may be required if gum disease is allowed to progress without early treatment. By that point, your gums may become inflamed or infected.
A common method used to address more advanced gum disease- periodontitis- is periodontal scaling and root planing. It is a more thorough version of periodontal cleaning that really gets between your teeth and gums. Our Madison Brooklyn dentist will get down into the roots of your teeth with either ultrasonic tools, hand scraping tools, or some combination of the two. By doing so, he can get at the plaque and tartar that are causing your gum distress. This type of advanced cleaning becomes necessary when gum disease has been allowed to continue without early treatment. You can avoid letting gum disease get out of control by coming in for your regular dental exams and also by being aware of any signs or symptoms of progressing gum disease.
Common signs of gum disease that mean you should immediately make an appointment to come see our Madison Brooklyn dentist include red, swollen, or tender gums; receding gums; frequent bad breath; loose or shifting teeth; changes in the feel of your bite; bleeding gums when you brush your teeth; and enlarged pockets between your teeth and gums.