Board Certified Periodontist, Dr. Scott O. Kissel

How Can I Prevent Periodontal and Gum Disease?

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periodontal-gum-diseaseIt’s an alarming fact – 3 out of every 4 adults will be affected by gum disease at some point in their lives and adults over 35 lose more teeth to gum disease than cavities. With statistics like that, the odds are definitely not in your favor, but it doesn’t mean your oral health is simply up to a roll of the dice.

Like anywhere, in New York, gum disease is best prevented through daily oral hygiene and regularly scheduled cleanings and exams. Dr. Kissel can provide these as well as professional scaling and rooting to address plaque and tartar below the gum line, smooth root surfaces, and allow gums to heal. Aside from proper regular care, there are a number of contributing factors to periodontal disease to consider.

Other Factors in Gum Disease

Periodontal health can be affected by a number of outside factors, including:

  • Stress
  • Clenching and/or grinding of teeth
  • Poor nutrition
  • Tobacco usage
  • Medications
  • Diabetes
  • Pregnancy and/or hormonal changes

You should mention any of these that are relevant to Dr. Kissel during your regular checkups so he can get a more complete picture of the factors at work in the health of your gums.

What If I Develop Gum Disease?

If you do develop gum disease, Dr. Kissel offers a variety of non-surgical adjunctive treatments as a first line of defense. These include antibiotic treatments, reshaping of biting surfaces, microscope assisted scaling, and root planing with LANAP. Dr. Kissel will only recommend surgery when absolutely necessary, but in over two years he has only treated one special case with a surgical option.

Trust New York gum disease expert Dr. Scott Kissel for the best in preventive periodontal care. Call 212.702.9088 today to schedule your consultation.

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