Some form of periodontal (gum) disease affects approximately 80% of the adult population, and most don’t even know they have it! Caused by an accumulation of plaque and calculus (tartar) on the gums and teeth, periodontal disease often shows itself in the appearance of red, swollen, and bleeding gums. Healthy gums never bleed, so it is very important to contact our office as soon as you see blood in your gums. If left untreated, periodontal disease can cause tooth and bone loss. It has also been linked to:
- High blood pressure
- Pregnancy complications
- Heart disease
To protect you against gingivitis, the first stage of periodontal disease, Dr. Robert Marder offers two deep cleaning services known as scaling and root planing. As part of scaling, we will remove the calculus from the surfaces of the teeth, and in root planing, we will smooth the root surfaces and remove any infected tooth structure. We provide both scaling and root planing in New City, New York, as non-surgical procedures that can be performed in the comfort of our offices. The number of affected areas will determine how many appointments are required to complete the cleanings.
In many cases, periodontal disease is avoidable. Just remember to brush and floss every day, maintain a healthy diet, limit your snacks, and visit your dentist regularly. If it’s been over six months since your last visit, call us today to schedule an appointment with our dentist! We would love to help you achieve a healthier and more radiant smile.