General Dentistry Can Prevent Gum Disease

General Dentistry
Modern technology has continued to improve general dentistry.  New procedures and techniques are making visiting the dentist more comfortable than ever, and Great Neck Dental Arts specializes in helping patients to stay in optimal oral health through comprehensive preventative care.  We recommend that patients have their teeth cleaned twice a year so that our dental hygienist can remove bacteria and plaque in order to prevent cavities and gum disease.

Gum disease is a common problem that is typically caused by poor oral hygiene and lack of ongoing dental care.  Taking simple steps like having your teeth regularly cleaned can prevent, slow, and treat the disease. When it first develops the symptoms can be minor.  They may include gums that are red and swollen with minor bleeding when brushing or flossing.  If you notice these symptoms or have pain when brushing, schedule a dental exam right away.

We treat gingivitis, the early stages of gum disease, in our general dentistry practice.  The best course of treatment is to conduct a deep cleaning where bacteria are removed from on, around, and underneath the gums.  This can be done relatively quickly and with minimal discomfort.  Treating it early will allow the gums to heal and typically remove any signs or symptoms of the disease.  This is the best course of action but is only possible when people visit the dentist on a regular basis.  Otherwise, by the time you come in gum disease may have progressed past this point.

Severe gum disease is a major health issue and if left untreated will become painful.  Typically, in addition to the initial symptoms the gums start to recede and expose the tooth and root system.  Bacteria can form in these pockets and start to attack the tooth and roots.  This can lead to teeth falling out or additional treatments, such as a root canal, being needed to save it.  At this stage, a simple cleaning won’t solve the problem.  Oral surgery and a gum graft are often needed to close the pocket and secure the gum around the tooth.  This procedure is necessary in order to prevent further health issues like a dental abscess.  It can, however, be prevented entirely with ongoing dental care.

Gum Disease Impacts Other Areas of the Body
General dentistry and preventative care is important for the health of your mouth but also for the health of your body.  Gum disease is known to make pregnant women go into pre-term labor and women with the disease often have low birth weight babies.  This makes ongoing dental care extremely important during pregnancy.
Heart disease has also been linked to the condition which is incredibly alarming considering that heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in the United States.  Studies have found that 91% of people with heart disease also have gum disease.  They are studying the link between the two, but one thing is clear – healthy gums are important for your entire body.  Schedule an appointment with Great Neck Dental Arts and our general dentistry practice so that you can stay in good oral health.

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