Daily brushing has become a bit disturbing as lately you’re noticing blood in the sink, which hasn’t happened before. Because your teeth don’t hurt, you’re not sure if this is cause for alarm or not. Should you contact your dentist in Selden? This is actually the ideal time to contact your dentist since you’re experiencing some of the early signs of periodontal (gum) disease.
Identifying Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease is essentially an infection of the soft tissues and bone that support your teeth. It affects more than half of American adults in some form, and it is actually the leading cause of tooth loss. Gum disease has also been linked with other health concerns in the body such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and high blood pressure.
Gum can disease can be challenging to diagnose on your own. It typically progresses slowly with little to no pain or symptoms. This is why routine visits with your dental team every six months are so important. Your dentist can actually identify gum disease much earlier than you can, and we’ll screen you for it at every checkup. Early detection offers you a better opportunity to successfully manage your condition with the least invasive treatment procedures.
Gingivitis: The Early Stage of Gum Disease
When you notice that your gums bleed after brushing, or they appear red, swollen, or feel tender, this is the early stage of gum disease known as gingivitis. Contact your dentist right away as gingivitis can often be treated with improvements to your home care, and a thorough professional cleaning. For many patients, this will reverse their condition and keep it from progressing further.
Periodontitis: The Advanced Stage of Gum Disease
The advanced stage of gum disease is typically identified with gum recession, root exposure, and teeth that are beginning to feel mobile. This stage is known as periodontitis, and it requires a much deeper cleaning to reach below the gum line and remove plaque and tartar buildup. This cleaning is called scaling and root planing. We might also recommend antibiotic therapy in some cases, and more severe cases of gum disease may require surgery.
Contact Dr. Scotto-Lavino
With consistent preventive care, our goal is to help you avoid gum disease. However, if you find yourself facing it, Dr. Scotto-Lavino and his team in Selden, NY are well equipped to guide you through any stage of gum disease you may be experiencing.
Give us a call today to schedule your next appointment.