At Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale, we provide many dental services, including periodontal care. As your Westchester periodontist, we do everything we can to help you make informed, education choices related to your oral hygiene. By having the facts and knowing how to move forward, you can keep your oral health exceptional and have a healthy, beautiful mouth. Keeping teeth and gums healthy goes beyond coming in for a check-up at the dentist twice a year. It is the daily routines that determine if your teeth and gums stay healthy and looking great. We have some tips based on periodontist recommendations on how to keep your gums and teeth healthy day in and day out. It isn’t too hard to use these habits once you know the facts. Most of these recommendations can be fit into your daily lifestyle.
Brushing and flossing isn’t that hard to do. It only takes a few minutes out of your day to do a thorough job. But, the long-lasting impacts of doing so can’t be overstated. By brushing and flossing properly every day, you can decrease your chances of gum disease and tooth loss.
Gum disease is caused by bacteria that builds up in tartar and plaque. Plaque is a film made of bacteria, mucus and food that builds up on teeth. If plaque builds up, it becomes tartar, a host to bacteria. The bacteria in tartar and plaque can cause inflammation of the gums, or gingivitis. Tartar needs to be removed by a professional dental hygienist or your Westchester dentist.
This is the early stage and usually presents with red, tender gums that bleed easily. This stage is reversible through implementing proper brushing and flossing habits.
This is the next, more advanced stage. This stage presents with more inflammation and bleeding around teeth. This is because the bacteria causes your body’s defense to break down the gum which makes the gum pull away from the teeth. This stage can already show bone loss around the teeth. It is essential to receive treatment from a periodontist in Westchester NY at this point to avoid losing further bone or teeth.
This last stage has worsening and deepening of gum pockets. They destroy the bone holding teeth in place. During this stage, your Westchester periodontist may need to remove teeth because they are so loose. At that point, you may need to consider dental implants to replace your missing teeth.
The best way to treat gum disease is through prevention and implementing healthy habits. With early onset of gingivitis, these good habits can prevent the disease from getting worse.
Prevent Gum Disease by brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day. For help with your teeth and gums, contact your Westchester Periodontist today.Request an Appointment
Keep in mind there are risk factors that can increase your chances of developing gum disease.
How to Prevent Gum Disease
It is also essential to eat foods that promote healthy gums and teeth. The best dentists in Westchester NY recommend eating foods with lots of calcium such as milk, yogurt, and cheese. This is especially important for babies and children. And make sure to avoid sticky, sweet treats like toffees and soft candies. If you do eat sweets, we recommend rinsing your mouth with water afterwards and brush as soon as you can.
Call our office to learn more about healthy oral hygiene habits or to schedule your next check-up. Our Westchester periodontists have several years of experience treating every stage of gum disease. Schedule an appointment today!