When it comes to sore, inflamed, or red gums, Westchester, New York dentists Dr. George Sepiashvili and Dr. Wanda Mejia warn that no amount of inflammation or bleeding of the gums is okay. It’s a sign that your gums are unhealthy, a situation that can go from bad to worse quite rapidly. At the first appearance of these signs of poor gum health, it is vital that you contact our office for a thorough evaluation.

Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the US, but that’s just one effect of this type of bacterial infection. Waiting to diagnose and treat periodontal disease, or gum disease, can lead to serious health problems.

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A Bridgehead to Your Body

Like all organisms, bacteria are constantly seeking to invade new habitats so they can exploit resources and grow. Your mouth may be the first stop, but it won’t be their last. Bacteria will spread anywhere in your body they can live.

Bacteria want to transform your body to suit their needs, often to the detriment of your health. As bacteria make their homes in your gums, they separate your gums from your teeth, causing receding gums and putting your teeth at risk of loss. Some oral bacteria have even been shown to suppress your body’s resistance to cancer to make conditions better for themselves.

According to the American Academy of Periodontology, people with gum disease are more than twice as likely to suffer from heart disease. What’s more, gum disease has been linked to strokes, hypertension, and complications with pregnancy, as well as being an indicator of diseases such as diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.

For these reasons alone, treating gum disease as soon as possible is vital.

The Prevention and Treatment of Gum Disease

The best way to prevent gum disease is with a thorough dental hygiene and teeth cleaning regimen. This will include twice daily brushing and flossing, and biannual visits to our comfortable Peekskill area office. During these visits, one of our dentists will thoroughly evaluate the health of your gums to detect early signs of gum disease. When spotted early, it may be possible to treat the disease with something as simple as a prescription mouthwash.

When not detected early enough, or when your gum disease progresses, our dentists will take an aggressive approach to preserve both your teeth and your overall health. With the use of laser dentistry, our Peekskill area dentists can provide periodontal disease treatment including scaling and root planning. This procedure removes calculus from the crown and root structure of your teeth. When done with a laser, tissue growth is stimulated, and healthy tissue will regenerate much faster than with other methods. If your gum disease is in advanced stages, or extraction of a tooth is required, our dentists will refer you to one of our trusted periodontal colleagues.

If you live in or around Westchester County, Peekskill, or Yorktown, New York and you have noticed bleeding or inflammation of your gums, please call (914) 352-5175 or email the experienced dentists at Advanced Dentistry of Mohegan Lake to schedule a gum disease evaluation today.