The reasons to see our periodontist, Dr. Adam L. Bear, are to prevent and to treat gum disease effectively. It’s not uncommon for the vital role your gums play in the overall scheme of promoting your oral health to be overlooked. But not at our Patchogue periodontal office. Remember, without your gums, your teeth have no foundation to support them.
The best strategy for taking care of your gums is to brush your teeth at least twice per day, in the morning and again at night. If possible, it’s a great idea to also brush after meals. Flossing should be done at bedtime each night. Combined, this ensures that the overwhelming majority of bacterial dental plaque is removed. It’s plaque that causes gum disease, along with tartar, the hardened form of tartar that is the result of plaque that is not removed with your at-home oral hygiene. Two trips per year to our Patchogue periodontal office for a dental cleaning is also essential. There are two great reasons for this. First, tartar buildup and any residual plaque are eliminated, putting you back at the starting line when it comes to the development of gum disease. And if you are exhibiting any signs of gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, a teeth cleaning reverses its effects. The other reason to see our periodontist is to address the results of later stage gum disease, periodontitis. With scaling and root planing, a deeper form of cleaning, plaque and tartar that have become embedded down in your roots can be eradicated. You may also need a procedure, such as pocket elimination surgery, to stop gum disease from recurring.
For all things related to the well-being of your gums, you can depend on our Patchogue periodontal office. Please reach out to us to schedule an appointment.