Dental health is a great indicator of your overall health, so it’s important to understand the warning signs of gum disease. This sneaky condition can wreak havoc on your mouth and increase your risk for heart disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory infections, and even dementia.
Doris Giraldo, DDS, at New Dimension Dentistry in Midtown East, Manhattan, provides regular checkups and deep cleanings using state-of-the-art treatments and tools. Our specialized team offers restorative oral health using surgical and non-surgical procedures, so you can avoid gum disease before it happens.
These are the warning signs of gum disease and how you can get the assistance you need for a healthier smile.
Gum disease risk factors
These factors increase your risk for gum disease:
- Chronic dry mouth
- Using particular medications
- Certain illnesses
Although many risk factors exist, smokers are at the highest risk for gum disease. Smoking also inhibits gum disease treatments.
Fortunately, gum disease is easy to identify, so we can create a customized treatment plan to get you back on track to optimal oral health.
Warning signs of gum disease
There are several warning signs you can look for that indicate it’s time to take a trip to the dentist, such as:
- Tooth sensitivity
- Chronic bad breath
- Receding gums
- Painful chewing
- Loose teeth
- Bleeding or tender gums
- Red or swollen gums
Are you experiencing any of these symptoms? Without a checkup, making assumptions about your oral health is challenging.
How do you diagnose and treat gum disease?
When you visit Dr. Giraldo at New Dimension Dentistry, we check for inflammation, measure the pockets around your teeth, and discuss your medical history. We may also request X-rays to ensure a complete picture of the problem area.
Your treatment plan depends on the severity of your infection. Some treatment plans require multiple visits, changing oral care habits, and an at-home regimen for optimal oral health. After your appointment, we’ll set up a treatment plan that is clear and concise so you know what you can do at home to improve your dental health.
Preventing gum disease
Prevention is the best way to avoid gum disease. Gum disease is often the result of infrequent brushing and flossing, allowing plaque to build up and turn into tartar, a hard substance that must be removed by a professional. Keep those pearly whites in great shape by brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice daily.
Don’t forget to floss every day, to remove plaque build-up between your teeth. It’s also essential to visit us regularly for routine check-ups and professional cleanings.
Schedule your next visit today
It’s important to prioritize preventive oral care so you can maintain good dental health and avoid serious complications. Contact New Dimension Dentistry today for a cleaning or dental check-up.