What Is Periodontal Disease?
- Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums, which gradually destroys the support of your natural teeth, leading to changes in the fit of your bite, bone loss, and even tooth loss if untreated.
What Cause Periodontal Disease?
- Periodontal disease and decay are both caused by bacterial plaque, a colorless film, which sticks to your teeth at the gum line. Plaque constantly forms on your teeth. By thorough daily brushing and flossing, you can remove harmful bacteria and help prevent periodontal disease. If not carefully removed by twice daily brushing and flossing, plaque hardens into a rough, porous substance known as calculus (or tartar).
What Is Periodontal Therapy Used For?
- Dr. Sousa provides periodontal therapy to treat all stages of gum disease and help you restore a healthy and stable smile. A leading cause of tooth loss in adults, gum disease can lead to a wide range of problems and impact both dental and overall health and well-being. The maintenance of gum health is an important part of your preventive dental care at East Hills Dental Associates and the key to enjoying a healthy, lasting smile.
What Are The Stages of Periodontal Disease?
- Early Periodontal Disease
- Advanced Periodontal Disease
How Do I Prevent Periodontal Disease?
The best way to prevent gum disease is to establish a healthy oral hygiene routine, which includes twice daily brushing and flossing, and to visit with us twice a year for preventive dental care. Other healthy habits that can reduce your risk of developing gum disease include:
- a healthy diet that is low in added sugars
- drinking water after meals and snacks to rinse the mouth
- maintaining good overall physical health
- discussing any medical conditions or medications that may have oral side effects with us during your visit
Schedule An Appointment
If you are experiencing bleeding gums or changes in the fit of your bite, Dr. Sousa can perform a comprehensive examination and recommend treatment options to address periodontal disease and restore your oral health. To schedule an appointment, call (516) 253-6873 or schedule an appointment online.