Imagine this: you wake up one morning and, much to your surprise, you’re bleeding from your right ear. You certainly don’t ignore it — in fact, you probably call the doctor immediately. Why, then, do so many adults ignore bleeding gums? As your trusted dental team, we’re here to tell you: blood in the sink after brushing and flossing is not normal, and it could be the sign of gum disease in Selden, NY. Keep reading to learn more from Dr. Stephen Scotto-Lavino.
November 25, 2015
October 20, 2014
Take care of your gums and your gums will take care of you. This may sound like grandmotherly advice, but it’s true. Healthy gums not only help to ensure a healthy mouth and teeth, but a healthier you, too. From his office in Selden, NY, Dr. Stephen Scotto-Lavino and his staff have been helping Long Islanders avoid gum disease with quality dental care for more than 30 years.
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, affects the tissues and bones that surround and support the teeth. There are actually two types of gum disease. The first and less serious form is gingivitis. Signs of gingivitis include:
- Gums that bleed easily when you brush or floss
- Swollen gums
- Gums that are tender
- Gums that are redder than pink in color
- Bad Breath
- Gums that appear to be receding
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, then you’d be wise to schedule an appointment with Dr. Scotto-Lavino sooner rather than later in order to prevent the more severe type of gum disease, periodontitis. In addition to the symptoms that evidence gingivitis, signs of periodontitis include:
- Bright red or even purple gums
- New spaces between your teeth
- Loose teeth
- Teeth no longer fitting together when you bite
- Evidence of pus between your teeth and gum, a sign of infection
Periodontal Therapy in Selden, NY
If Dr. Scotto-Lavino finds that you have mild gum disease, then simply teaching you how to take better care of your teeth and gums when you brush and floss at home may be all that’s required. On the other hand, if the disease is more severe—and we’ll be able to tell by examining any spots that bleed and by probing and measuring the depth of pockets in the gums around your teeth—then we may recommend periodontal therapy. This procedure involves a deep cleaning of the gums so that the infected tissue can heal.
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The first step in avoiding gum disease is proper oral care at home. And the second step is regular check-ups with Dr. Stephen Scotto-Lavino in Selden, NY. Our office conveniently serves patients from Centereach, Farmingville, Port Jefferson Station and Coram and beyond.