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Gum Disease Treatment – Cortlandt, NY

Protect Your Smile & Your Life

Man with healthy smile The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, GA estimates that more than half of adults over the age of 30 in America have some degree of gum disease. Are you one of them?

There’s really only one way to find out—maintain a schedule of regular dental checkups with Dr. Taxin. He and his staff are committed to assisting patients with gum disease diagnosis and treatment in Cortlandt. Using the latest tools and techniques, treatment is more comfortable than ever before so you can ensure both your oral health and your overall health.

How Does Gum Disease Happen?

Animation of teeth and diseased gums

In a word, the problem is plaque—that sticky substance that develops in your mouth all day, every day. When the bacteria in plaque accumulate along the gum line, they can irritate the soft tissues of your gums. Eventually, you may notice sensitivity and bleeding when you brush. Interestingly, not brushing or flossing well or often enough is usually what causes gum disease to start. If you do begin to see bleeding when you clean your teeth at home, don’t stop! On the contrary, that brushing and flossing may be the key to reversing the initial effects of early gum disease, which is commonly known as gingivitis.

Besides bleeding gum tissue, other symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Frequent bad breath
  • Loose teeth
  • Receding gum line
  • Tooth loss

In fact, advanced gum disease—called periodontitis—is the leading cause of tooth loss among American adults. The disease not only devastates gum tissue, but also weakens the bone structure that supports your teeth. In extreme cases, teeth may need to be extracted.

Gum Disease and Your Overall Health and Well Being

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As if the possibility of missing teeth weren’t bad enough, gum disease can also lead to serious health concerns. Those bacteria can access your bloodstream and respiratory system, therefore spreading disease and illness beyond your mouth. Studies have linked gum disease to problems like heart disease, Alzheimer’s, stroke, diabetes, and pre-term delivery in pregnant women. Treating gum disease will help you improve your oral health and may safeguard your total wellbeing.

Scaling & Root Planing

Man looking at smile in mirror

Scaling and root planing will often be our team’s first suggestion for combating the presence of gum disease. This in-depth cleaning occurs in two major parts. First, the “scaling” portion will involve the thorough removal of infectious bacteria and plaque build-up from underneath the gum tissue. Then, the “root planing” portion will target the actual tooth roots, which can develop rough surfaces over time that are likely to collect harmful accumulations. By smoothing these areas, Dr. Taxin hopes to prevent further reoccurrences of the disease.

Perio Protect

Dr. Taxin may recommend the use of Perio Protect following scaling and root planing as a supplementary service. Our office will provide a custom Perio Tray® and oral medication for the patient to use at home. The medication should be deposited directly into the tray (which has an internal seal that will prevent any harmful leakage) and then worn for 10-15 minutes each day for optimal results.

Soft Tissue Laser Dentistry

Patient receiving laser dentistry

When dealing with the vulnerable soft oral tissue, state-of-the-art laser technology is ideal for a comfortable and precise touch. Our team will be able to eliminate diseased structure from the mouth while leaving the healthy tissue securely in place. Additionally, the focused beam provides instant sterilization, which will encourage the growth of new, healthy tissue and also minimize uncomfortable post-operative symptoms like bleeding.

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