Periodontitis New York City
New York City dental patients should know that periodontitis is 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. 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. 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 dentist.
If your tartar is not addressed professionally and in a timely manner, 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 periodontitis patients may notice that their teeth become lose and fall out. Not only with this advancement of periodontitis affect tooth functionality and smile appearance, it will also increase New York City dental patient’s health, placing them at a higher risk for heart disease and a stroke.
If You Have 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
If you have any of the symptoms above and would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kissel and find out of it could be periodontitis, contact our office in the New York City area at (212) 702-9088.