Gum disease is as big a concern as tooth decay is, and at MK Dental, we pay due attention to the health of your gums, including checking them as part of your six month examinations. The goals of our dentist in Rego Park are to prevent gum disease, or to catch it early and treat it.
Plaque is the primary reason for the formation of gum disease. It causes irritation, inflammation, and even infection. The other enemy of your gums is sugar (including starches), which help plaque to develop. You should try to keep to a nutritious diet as one of the best ways to prevent gum disease. In addition, twice-daily brushing and flossing before bedtime make a big positive difference by removing most of the plaque on and between your teeth, and at the gum line. Some, however, can hid in gum pockets and generally out of reach of your oral hygiene efforts, then turning into hardened tartar, for which you need a professional teeth cleaning to address it effectively. The symptoms of gum disease begin with mild reddening and irritation, which indicates gingivitis, the first stage. Teeth cleanings are the proper treatment to reverse those effects, but if you don’t come in to see our dentist in Rego Park on a six month basis, the next step is periodontitis. At that point, the symptoms are likely to be much more alarming. Among them are persistent bad breath, bleeding when you brush, and receding gums. Inflammation and infection are not uncommon, and you could lose essential gum and bone tissue, causing your teeth to loosen. Treatment for periodontitis is scaling and root planing, a more deeper type of cleaning that gets down to the roots.
Take good care of your gums so that they will take good care of you. Set up a visit to see our dentist in Rego Park by contacting our office right now.