When your gum tissue becomes irritated, inflamed, or infected, you are suffering from gum disease, which is the result of dental plaque and tartar. Fortunately, at the practice of Dr. Adam L. Bear, the prevention of Patchogue gum disease is a high priority, as is the prompt treatment of it.
The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. Irritation and redness are the key signs of it, and the effects can be mild enough that you may not even realize that you have it. Quite often, our dentist diagnoses it as part of a routine six month oral examination. The good news is that gingivitis can typically be reversed with a simple and comfortable treatment: a dental cleaning. That makes two major benefits of cleanings. Tartar buildup is removed, and your Patchogue gum disease is stopped in its tracks so that it cannot progress to the advanced stage of periodontitis. Now that is more alarming. And while it is an extension of gingivitis, in some situations, such as if you have certain underlying conditions, it can come on surprisingly fast. The symptoms of periodontitis include bleeding gums when you brush, receding gums, and persistent bad breath. But that’s not all you need be concerned about. The impact of Patchogue gum disease can be as serious as loss of gum and bone tissue and loose teeth. In such cases, a periodontal cleaning is in order. It’s like a dental cleaning, except that it goes deeper, right down to your roots. It is vital that all the plaque and tartar be dug out so that your gums can begin returning to their natural healthy state.
The best thing you can do for the well-being of your gums right now is to contact our office so we can book your next visit for a dental cleaning as part of a complete examination. Remember, just two times per year and you can maintain a high degree of overall oral wellness.