Board Certified Periodontist, Dr. Scott O. Kissel

Tips to Prevent Periodontal Disease

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Do you have a family history of periodontal disease? Have you heard about how periodontal disease can lead to unwanted complications, like tooth loss, and want to do everything in your power to avoid contracting this infection? If so, you’ve come to the right place. In this blog post, New York City periodontist Dr. Kissel – one of the most sought-after oral hygiene practitioners in the area – has prepared this list of tips to prevent periodontal disease.

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See a Periodontist on a Regular Basis

While it’s true that a dentist can diagnose and educate patients on self-treating the earliest stage of periodontal disease – gingivitis – only a periodontist has had additional training and experience in preventing, diagnosing and treating this disease. You wouldn’t want a brain surgeon, no matter how talented he may be, to perform an open heart surgery for you, would you? For the same reason, you should see a periodontist for diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease instead of a general dentist.

Always Practice Proper Oral Hygiene

New York City residents have been learning this since elementary school: always brush your teeth twice a day, and floss once a day. It may sound cliché, but you’d be surprised at how effective it can be in preventing periodontal disease. While some cases of periodontal disease are hereditary, most can be prevented simply by doing what your mother and father always told you to do.

See a Periodontist at the First Sign of Gingivitis

Periodontal disease comes in three stages: gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. The first stage, gingivitis, typically displays symptoms such as red gums, swollen gums, and bad breath. Believe it or not, if you are diagnosed by a New York City periodontist with gingivitis, he can provide you with oral hygiene education so that you can reverse the condition at home. Don’t risk developing periodontal disease. See Dr. Kissel at the first sign of the gingivitis.

If You Need Scaling and Root Planing, Do It

Most dental hygiene practitioners understand that some New York City patients have anxiety or fear when it comes to dental or periodontal treatments. If you’re told you need scaling and root planing – or deep cleaning – those emotions might immediately bubble to the surface. But don’t let your worry of momentary discomfort stop you from getting the treatment you need. When you have a deep cleaning, a periodontist like Dr. Kissel can help reverse your periodontal disease, so that you don’t develop advanced symptoms like jawbone tissue loss or tooth loss

As a periodontist, Dr. Kissel knows that none of his New York City patients want to develop periodontal disease and end up having to see him on a frequent basis. He doesn’t want that either! As a periodontist, Dr. Kissel wants you to have a healthy mouth and beautiful smile that you are proud of. And the best way to guarantee that – especially if you have a family history of gum disease – is to see a periodontist twice a year, just as often as you would see your general dentist.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kissel today, call (212) 702-9088.

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