7 Early Warning Signs of Gum Disease

Are You Doing Self Check-Ups of Your Gums and Teeth?

Long Island NY periodontists for gum surgeryGum disease is a severe condition that can cause tooth loss. It also can include low-grade infections affecting other areas of your body including the cardiovascular system and central nervous system. All good dentists and dental hygienists will check your oral health during check-ups and refer you to a periodontist at the first sign of symptoms. But it’s also vital to do self-checks and be alert to any warning signs. Patient education is an essential priority for the doctors and hygienists at Farber Center for Periodontics and Dental Implants in Long Island. The Center’s mission is to save teeth and when keeping them is not possible to replace them with comfortable, great-looking implants or other alternatives. Even if you only slightly suspect there might be a change in your oral health that could indicate periodontal disease, bring it up immediately with your oral care provider.

7 Early Warning Signs of Periodontal Disease:

Discomfort in your mouth including tender, swollen or red gums
Receding gums or separation from teeth – making your teeth appear longer
Bleeding when you brush, floss, or chew firm foods
Bad breath that won’t go away
Teeth that are loose or separating
Visible signs of infection such as pus between your teeth
Noticeable changes to your bite or the way bridges/dentures fit Read more

Gingivitis Treatment with Lasers is Highly Effective

Laser Pocket Disinfection | Find Out How it Can Help You

Gingivitis is a common kind of periodontal disease. Symptoms of gingivitis disease include puffy and red gums, that can bleed easily when brushing teeth. Nearly all of us have heard the medical term gingivitis – which is a form of gum disease that causes inflamed gums including irritation, redness, and swelling. For anyone affected by gingivitis, Laser Pocket Disinfection (LPD) is a state-of-the-art treatment that offers substantial benefits. Better still, it is painless and takes only 10-15 minutes. Farber Center for Periodontics and Dental Implants in Long Island provides this procedure with the Periolase MVP-7, the only FDA-approved laser specifically intended to improve periodontal health.

Millions and even billions of bacteria can reside in each inflamed periodontal pocket. During LPD, the laser is directed at affected pockets, and within seconds nearly all bacteria are eradicated. It reduces inflammation of the gums; it can save teeth, prevent bone loss and even reduce bad breath. Sometimes referred to as laser cleaning, LPD is a treatment to patients who need it in addition to their routine preventive cleanings and periodic deep cleanings. Because oral health and circulatory system health are connected, this procedure reduces the number of bacteria that can be introduced into your bloodstream.

Is LPD Safe Around Crowns, Implants and Other Dental Work?

Yes, it is safe around teeth, gums and all forms of dental work. Laser Pocket Disinfection is an essential treatment for patients with gingivitis and because it kills bacteria and toxins associated with periodontal disease. Dr. Farber also likes to remind patients that this is a vital addition to your dental cleaning regimen and does not replace other procedures. Preserving teeth, promoting healthy gums and slowing or stopping bone loss are all among the potential benefits. Having better breath, as a result, will also be a nice secondary benefit for you and your loved ones.

Periodontal laser treatment like LPD also creates what is referred to as a biostimulation effect. As lasers are directed to specific areas of the mouth, they stimulate the body’s healing processes. It is undoubtedly the case with the periodontal pockets as they are cleaned and disinfected meaning that the benefits of your treatment will occur long after it is finished. Healing inflamed gum tissue and stopping bone loss are significant improvements to our oral health, and their beneficial effects also extend to other areas of the body.

LPD Improves Oral Health Which Is Important to a Healthy Body Overall

Various forms of periodontal disease, including the gingivitis treated by Laser Pocket Disinfection, have significant implications for your overall health. Farber Center practices holistic dentistry, and Dr. Farber is a member of the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health. Periodontal treatment including LPD can have beneficial impacts on the central nervous system, circulatory system, heart, and immune system as they reduce bacteria present in the body and help clear low-grade infections. Preventing the progression of gum disease can avoid health concerns linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, pre-term birth, certain cancers and more.

Most important is a personalized approach that includes evaluation and a customized treatment plan for you which may consist of Laser Pocket Disinfection. If you’re someone who is apprehensive about dental and periodontal treatment, keep in mind this procedure is free from discomfort and takes only about 10 minutes. It is highly effective against millions of bacteria that can be present in periodontal pockets and each the laser cleaning and disinfection takes place; they are cleaned and cleared immediately. When combined with routine and deep cleanings, LPD adds a layer of care for those affected by gingivitis and the periodontal disease it can cause. Farber Center for Periodontics and Dental Implants has two convenient offices located in Medford and Hauppauge, NY, and has flexible appointment hours depending on your schedule. Our mission is to save your teeth, and LPD can be an essential part of an effective treatment program.