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Gum Disease Croton On Hudson NY

perio protect croton on hudson nyDr. Bard Levey emphasizes the importance of maintaining healthy gums- they are not only the support structure for healthy teeth, but serve as a barrier to harmful bacteria that can enter the bloodstream and affect overall physical health. This mouth body connection continues to be carefully studied, producing growing evidence that strains of oral bacteria can cause inflammation in many areas of the body and are connected to a wide range of diseases.

Gum disease affects approximately 75% of adults and remains the leading cause of tooth loss today. Late stage gum disease is preventable with routine dental care. Twice yearly visits to our Croton On Hudson dentist office provide Dr. Levey the opportunity to identify and address early signs of gum disease before permanent damage is done.

Dr. Levey provides a thorough and comprehensive periodontal screening, enhanced by the use of evaluation and identification of your oral bacteria to determine both the health of your gums and associated risks for systemic disease. Using a Phased Contrast Microscope, Dr. Levey can look for the presence of bacteria that has been connected with inflammation in the body which can lead to systemic disease.

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Signs & Symptoms of Gum Disease

  • Red, swollen and/or tender gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Shifting of teeth or loose teeth
  • Receding gums
  • Bad breath
  • Changes in the fit of dentures

Stages of Gum Disease

Gingivitis: early stage gum disease, gingivitis is typically easy to treat but may require additional at home care to prevent it from returning. Patients with recurring gingivitis may benefit from more frequent dental cleanings in our dentist office.

Periodontitis: advanced gum disease, periodontitis can cause permanent damage to gum tissue and weaken the teeth. This often requires intensive treatment to address damage and restore oral health.

Recent scientific studies have consistently shown the relationship between periodontal disease and an increased risk for developing or being more severely affected by cardiovascular and systemic diseases. When caught early, conservative treatment can be effective and quickly restore oral health.

Treating Gum Disease

A periodontal screening is part of our routine examinations. If you are showing signs of gum disease, Dr. Levey will recommend periodontal treatment tailored to your individual oral health.

Periodontal therapy is often dependent on the stage of gum disease and can be as simple as a thorough dental cleaning to remove plaque and tartar. More intensive treatment can include:

  • Scaling and root planing: this intensive cleaning removes built up plaque from the gum line, tooth roots and deep pockets of the gums.
  • Antibacterial rinses: when appropriate, Dr. Levey may prescribe an anti bacterial rinse to be used between visits and reduce the level of bacteria present in the mouth, especially for patients with persistent gingivitis.
  • Laser dentistry: Dr. Levey uses dental lasers to treat gum disease, often avoiding the need for oral surgery. Laser dentistry can remove diseased tissue and stimulate the body’s natural healing response to restore health.
  • Gum surgery: when necessary in cases of very advanced gum disease or periodontitis, Dr. Levey may refer you to a local periodontist for treatment.

About The Perio Protect Method®

Dr. Levey often recommends Perio Protect to treat gum disease with an at home protocol that is easy and effective. This system uses convenient Perio Trays® which are custom fit much like teeth whitening trays or mouth guards. The Perio Tray® delivers medication where it is needed most- the deep recesses of the gums.

Dr. Levey will provide a personal treatment plan using Perio Protect to address your unique oral health needs. At a follow up visit, we will monitor your progress and adjust your at home regimen as needed to maintain gum health.