Your gums are a key part of your oral health, but most people don’t give them much thought until or unless something is wrong with them. Here at Dental Arts of Wyandanch and Huntington Station, we believe that prevention is the very best cure of all. And that’s why we suggest a plan that will serve to put the odds in your favor for maximum gum wellness. If, however, the need arises, our dentist in 11746 has gum treatments available to halt and reverse the effects of periodontal disease.
The most important factor in keeping your gums healthy is addressing plaque, the filmy substance that forms on and between teeth Since it feeds off of sugars and starch, a nutritious diet is the first line of defense against it. Brushing after meals and flossing daily will remove most of the plaque in your mouth. But it can hide, such as in gum pockets, out of reach of your oral hygiene. That’s when it hardens into tartar. At that point, it cannot be eliminated with simple brushing and flossing. However, if you commit to coming in twice per year for a teeth cleaning, that will eradicate all of the plaque and tartar that remain. In fact, if you are showing indications of gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, a teeth cleaning (or two) will stop the progress of gum disease and return your gums back to their normal pink color and their high level of well-being. If gum disease reaches the advanced stage of periodontitis, a more deep cleaning called scaling and root planing is called for, which can be performed by our dentist in 11746. And if your gum pockets are so deep that they are causing recurring gum disease, pocket reduction surgery will be needed.
Call us today and schedule a teeth cleaning along with your six month dental exam. And if you notice any signs of advanced gum disease, such as persistent bad breath, receding gums, bleeding gums when you brush, or loose teeth, you should come in to see our dentist in 11746 right away.