Periodontal disease develops when bacteria accumulates in the mouth on teeth and gums. At Greater Long Island Dental, we take the preventive steps to remove plaque bacteria before periodontal disease begins, and offer a variety of periodontal treatment options. Regular hygienic cleanings in our offices help patients keep periodontal disease at bay.
Periodontal disease is any inflammation that affects both the tissue, being
the gums, and the bone. Periodontal disease develops from bacteria being
allowed to stay in your mouth for a certain period of time.
The signs of periodontal disease may be insidious. Sometimes people don't
know. That's why it's so important to have your hygienist check all the
Although there can be visible signs, this includes redness or any type of
swelling or inflammation around the teeth. Periodontal disease can
definitely lead to other conditions. There has been a close association
between diabetes and periodontal disease. It's bidirectional. One doesn't
cause the other, but one can accelerate the other.
The best way to prevent periodontal disease is to limit the bacteria in
your mouth. It's by taking care of your mouth properly at home, brushing at
least two times a day, using dental floss. There are some great oral rinses
to really suppress the bacteria.
The other important thing is everybody needs some professional care. I'm a
dentist. I need professional care to help me keep my mouth at a level where
I don't have any problems.
We work with our patients to prevent periodontal disease by always
educating them. There are new thoughts and new ideas, and everybody gets
their own plan on how to take care of their teeth. Some people are
bacterially resistant. They don't need as much. Other people, we need to
change the pH of their saliva on a routine basis meaning daily.
If someone exhibits any of the signs of periodontal disease, I think they
should call our office as soon as possible, and we can develop a plan for