Gum disease affects more individuals than you might think. There are more than 3 million cases of gum disease in the United States alone. Dr. Heejoo Pyon in New York is eager to provide patients with education and practical help on how to keep their smiles protected and healthy. Continue reading on to learn the answers to several frequently asked questions for national gum care month. We urge you and your family to get on the path to a healthier smile!
Dental plaque is made up of several harmful bacterias and latches onto the teeth and gums. This will remain on the teeth and gums if not properly removed each and every day. When left untreated, the plaque can turn into tartar that will harden on the surface of the teeth. At this point, it can only be removed effectively by your New York dentist. The gums will soon become swollen as they try to fight off the infection and will eventually pull away from the teeth. If not treated, then the bone can actually begin to deteriorate.
Regular dental exams and cleanings are essential for maintaining effective oral hygiene. During these appointments, your dentist can diagnose and treat certain issues that come up, such as gum disease. If it is a mild form of gum disease, then your dentist can use special cleaning tools to clean up the affected area. More severe cases may necessitate a gum surgery that will allow your dentist to get the disease under control.
It is very possible to prevent gum disease altogether. Regular and effective brushing twice a day and flossing once a day are the best way to ensure a healthy smile as well as scheduling regular dental cleanings with your hygienist.
Our team is excited to provide gum disease awareness to every one of our patients. Contact our New York office today to set up your next dental cleaning and exam!