Healthy gums support a stable, healthy smile.
Gum disease can impact both gum health and overall oral health and wellness in a variety of ways. Gum disease is often called a “silent disease” because the majority of patients do not realize that they have it until it is identified during a dental exam or has advanced enough to cause visible damage. The CDC estimates that over half of adults in the U.S. have some stage of gum disease and the ADA reports that chronic periodontitis affects over 47% of American adults.
Corbin Dental emphasizes the importance of maintaining or restoring gum health as the foundation of your dental health. Gum health also supports overall physical health and plays a key role in the control of bacteria in the mouth, serving as a protective barrier between bacteria and the bloodstream. Patients with poor oral health are at a greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease and systemic conditions, both of which are related to internal inflammation.
It is also important to understand the relationship between certain medical conditions and medications and periodontal health. If you are taking prescribed medications or have a medical condition, let us know when you visit for routine dental care so that we can work with you to maintain healthy gums.
How do I know if I have gum disease?
Do you have gums that are sore or bleed during brushing? Do your gums appear to be receding? These symptoms could indicate the presence of gum disease: an often silent, progressive dental health issue that can lead to additional problems including tooth loss. Gum disease affects a large majority of adults at some point in their lives, but can be easily caught and treated if patients receive routine dental care. Coming in twice per year for preventive care visits enables your dentist to spot the early signs of gum disease. We offer conservative treatment before it progresses and creates the need for restorative procedures to maintain oral health.
Common signs of gum disease:
- Gums that bleed
- Red, swollen or irritated gums
- Persistent bad breath, halitosis
- Changes in the fit of the bite or a dental appliance
Advanced gum disease can lead to shifting or loose teeth and is a leading cause of tooth loss in adults today. Caring for your gums is an important part of preventive dental care at Corbin Dental. Our team makes every effort to get to know you and understand your unique risk factors so that we can provide the most personalized care and advice.
Treating Gum Disease in Long Island, NY
Treatment for periodontal disease varies, depending on the stage of the disease, possible risk factors for chronic infection and the existence of other dental concerns. The most conservative approach is to perform a dental cleaning and recommend the use of anti-bacterial rinses at home. Other options can include:
- Scaling and root planing: this procedure is an intensive cleaning of all tooth surfaces for removing any plaque that has built up along tooth roots.
- LANAP®: Drs. Richard and Bruce Corbin are certified in LANAP, a unique laser treatment for advanced gum disease that can restore damage without the need for surgery.