Gum disease affects over half of American adults over the age of thirty; however, it is common for people to be unaware they have this condition. It’s slow moving and tricky to diagnose on your own in the beginning. Your dentist in East Islip explains why it’s so important to properly diagnose gum disease and successfully control your condition with a periodontal deep cleaning and follow-up visits afterwards.
The Oral Systemic Connection
Over the years, a lot of information has emerged about the connection between periodontal health and overall health. It seems that the bacteria that causes gum disease can also contribute to other health concerns in the body because it can travel through the bloodstream.
Bacteria causing gum disease has also been found in the inflammation contributing to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, stroke, pregnancy complications, and vice versa. Because of these connections, it’s important to take charge of your oral health and learn how you can successfully manage gum disease.
When is a Deep Cleaning Recommended?
If your condition has advanced into the stage of periodontitis, the gum disease treatment in East Islip recommended for you will be a periodontal deep cleaning called scaling and root planing. This cleaning reaches below your gum line to eliminate the plaque and tartar buildup causing your infection (scaling) and smooth the roots of your teeth to protect against bacteria (root planing).
You will be numb during this type of cleaning, and you can expect the process to take longer than a standard professional cleaning. However, once your deep cleaning is completed, it is likely that your condition can be managed in the future with additional regular cleanings throughout the year.
Additional Recommendations for Successfully Managing Gum Disease
Depending on the severity of your periodontitis, your East Islip dentist may recommend antibiotic therapy to fight the infection. Laser treatment is also used for some patients to eliminate diseased tissue and promote healing.
For severe cases or periodontitis, surgery may be required to prevent tooth loss. You will be referred to a trusted specialist for this procedure.
Your Best Defense
Believe it or not, gum disease is actually very easy to prevent with consistent cleanings and checkups with your dentist. Gingivitis (early gum disease) may be difficult to detect on your at first, but your dentist screens for it during every checkup. If you are proactive, gingivitis is often successfully managed with a cleaning and home care improvements.
Contact your dentist today if it’s time to schedule your next visit.
About the Author
Dr. Gary Rosenfeld has been providing patients in East Islip, NY high quality dental care for over 30 years. He and his team work to meet all of your dental needs by providing comprehensive services 7 days a week both mornings and evenings.
If you would like to contact Dr. Rosenfeld to learn more, he can be reached by calling 631-581-8600 or through his website.