Woman with gum disease brushing teethPeriodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is the leading cause of tooth loss in America. The result of excess plaque and tartar buildup, gum disease can affect anyone at any age. To prevent bacteria from building up, patients should get a regular, full-mouth dental cleaning every six months, while also practicing good oral hygiene at home. Unfortunately, because many people fail to schedule consistent dental visits, gum disease has become a serious problem in modern society.

Signs of Gum Disease

Gum disease can include both gingivitis and periodontitis (advanced gingivitis). Both of these conditions can lead to other health problems and should be treated as soon as possible. That said, many times, patients don’t even realize they are suffering from gum disease until years after the problem has taken root. If you are showing any of the following symptoms, schedule an appointment with Rockland County cosmetic dentist Dr. Dunayer as soon as possible.

  • Red or swollen gums
  • Gums that bleed frequently
  • Pain when chewing
  • Loose teeth
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Receding gums
  • Bad breath that doesn’t go away

At first glance, the preceding symptoms may not seem very serious; however, studies have linked gum disease to a host of other health issues, including diabetes, pregnancy problems, stroke, heart disease, osteoporosis, and more.

Treatment Options

Depending on the severity of the disease, patients may receive root planing and scaling in which Dr. Dunayer will remove excess plaque and tartar from both above and underneath the gum line. He may also provide antibiotics to stop any potential bacterial infection. If the gum disease is advanced, surgical treatment may become necessary; so it’s important for patients to seek treatment as soon as possible before tooth and/or bone damage occur.

Don’t Deal With a Serious Dental Problem Alone

If you live in the Rockland County area and you have gum disease or know someone who does, it’s important to have it diagnosed and treated ASAP by visiting a cosmetic dentist such as Dr. Dunayer. He will be able to provide you with effective gum treatment (called periodontal therapy or “gum therapy”) that will eliminate your gum disease for good and leave you with a clean and fresh mouth.

Our dental hygiene is important; so don’t take it for granted any longer. For gum disease diagnosis and gum treatment in Rockland County, call our dental office at (845) 627-7645 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Dunayer. You can also request an appointment online for more convenience.