Advanced Periodontics New York City & Manhattan

About Periodontal Disease & Periodontitis

New York City & Manhattan dental patients should know that periodontal disease & periodontitis are a serious, yet preventable disease of the gums that not only can cause receding gums and tooth loss, but also increase your risks for heart disease and a stroke. Periodontal disease & periodontitis gradually progress overtime, first starting as dental plaque that builds up on your teeth, which releases bacteria and toxins and irritates your gums, then progresses slowly to a more serious condition that can not only affect your teeth’s functionality and aesthetics and cause tooth loss, but cause major health problems, too.

If you watch any toothpaste commercial you’ll hear about plaque, a natural substance that builds up on our teeth and can cause redness, swelling and bleeding of the gums. Yet plaque can be eliminated by practicing proper oral hygiene including brushing your teeth twice daily, flossing every day and maintaining regular professional dental cleanings in New York City & Manhattan. However, if teeth are not properly cared for, plaque can turn into calculus, or tartar, both above and below the gum line, which is a more harmful dental substance that can only be removed by a professional teeth cleaning from your New York City & Manhattan dentist.

If your tartar is not addressed professionally and in a timely manner, periodontal disease & periodontitis will continue to progress, causing the gum tissue and bone that hold your teeth in place to begin to deteriorate. As this deterioration occurs, New York City & Manhattan periodontal disease & periodontitis patients may notice that their teeth become lose and fall out. Not only with this advancement of periodontal disease & periodontitis affect tooth functionality and smile appearance, it will also increase New York City and Manhattan dental patient’s health, placing them at a higher risk for heart disease and a stroke.

An Important Note About Periodontal Disease & Periodontitis in New York City & Manhattan

Healthy gums do not bleed. If your gums bleed after you brush your teeth or floss, you are in one of the stages of periodontal disease & periodontitis, and should see Dr. Kissel immediately for professional intervention to save your teeth, maintain your smile, and keep you healthy.

If You Have Gingivitis, the First Stage of Periodontal Disease & Periodontitis, You May Notice That You Have: 

  • Gums that are tender and painful
  • Gums that are red and swollen
  • Gums that bleed, especially after brushing and flossing

If You Have Periodontal Disease & Periodontitis, the Second Stage, You May Notice That You Have: 

  • A foul taste in your mouth and/or bad breath that won’t go away
  • Gums that bleed more intensely than they did before
  • Difficulty eating certain foods, such as sticky or crunchy foods
  • Pus coming from your gums
  • Teeth that are becoming lose
  • Tooth loss
  • Abscessed gums, which is a collection of infected fluid in your gums

New York City & Manhattan Periodontal Disease & Periodontitis Care

If, while reading through this page of information, you are realizing that you may have one of the stages of periodontal disease & periodontitis, it’s important that you seek immediately dental intervention. Through the care of a skilled periodontist like New York City & Manhattan periodontist Dr. Kissel, you can receive specialized teeth cleanings to remove built up plaque and tartar, and gum treatments to treat receding gums.

While many New York City & Manhattan dental patients are concerned about the appearance of their smile, proper oral hygiene isn’t just about cosmetics. As is the case with periodontal disease & periodontitis, proper oral hygiene can save your natural teeth, gum tissue, bone structure and prevent you from achieving a heightened risk for heart disease and stroke.

If you are concerned that you may have gingivitis or periodontal disease & periodontitis, the best thing you can do is call Dr. Kissel’s New York City & Manhattan periodontic office at (212) 702-9088 to schedule an examination today.