Helpful Facts about Gum Disease

Advanced gum disease (periodontitis), can wreak havoc on your oral and overall health. Recent studies have linked gum disease to an increased risk for heart problems, diabetes, stroke, and Alzheimer’s.  Essentially, gum disease is the infection or inflammation of gum tissues caused by a build-up of plaque and tartar at the gum line. Eventually this build-up gets trapped in small tissue pockets of your gums. As the infection spreads, your gums, jawbone, and teeth are at serious risk. Gum disease is the number one reason adults lose their teeth.

Gum Disease Symptoms

  • Teeth that feel loose
  • Bad breath
  • Swollen gums
  • Gums color appears red or purple
  • Sensations of pain when gums are touched
  • Bleeding gums from brushing and flossing

Complications Associated With Gum Disease

  • Some gum disease can lead to soft tissue and tooth abscesses
  • Trench Mouth, bacterial infections that can cause oral ulcers
  • Shifting of teeth
  • Destruction of the bones in the mouth

How to Prevent Gum Disease

  • Visit our office at least twice a year for professional cleanings and plaque removal
  • Floss every day
  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day for a minimum of two minutes each time
  • Avoid drinking beverages and eating foods high in sugar
  • Use an antiseptic rinse such as Listerine
  • Contact Dr. Richard Kobak if you experience gum disease symptoms

If you feel you may have symptoms of gum disease, Dr. Kobak can help. With experience in gum disease treatment, he can help you get your oral health back on track. With a thorough cleaning and examination, he can assess the best method of treatment for you. Many patients see improvement in their gum health after just two weeks of treatment. Call us at (516) 433-2211 to schedule an appointment. We proudly serve patients in Syosset, Long Island, North Shore, and the surrounding areas.