At Red Oaks Dental, we strive to help you maintain optimal oral health, which means keeping your teeth as well as the supporting gums and bone healthy. Periodontal (gum) disease occurs when plaque and calculus are allowed to build-up on the teeth over a period of time. In addition to tooth loss and bone loss in the jaw, periodontal disease has also been linked to diabetes, heart disease, pregnancy complications, and stroke. Some of the signs of periodontal disease include:
- Gums that bleed
- Gums that are red, swollen, or tender
- Receding gums
- Loosening teeth
- Persistent bad breath or bad taste in the mouth
- Changes to the bite
To protect you against periodontal disease, we provide non-surgical periodontal therapy, including scaling and root planing. These two deep cleaning procedures are performed to remove the calculus and plaque that have caused gingivitis, the first stage of periodontal disease. Depending on the number of areas that require treatment, scaling and root planing can take one or more appointments at Red Oaks Dental. Thanks to local anesthetic, scaling and root planing are oftentimes pain-free.
To avoid periodontal disease, it is extremely important to visit the dentist on a regular basis and maintain a good oral hygiene routine at home, including daily flossing and brushing. If you detect any of the signs of periodontal disease, contact Red Oaks Dental in Poughkeepsie immediately to receive the care you need.