May 27, 2014
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Schenectady gum diseaseOur teeth tend to get much more attention than our gums. Since the gums aren’t the prominent part of the smile, they can be overlooked. It's time to improve periodontal awareness! Your gums are actually an important source of support – and a crucial part of your overall oral health. 

When your gums are in trouble, they’ll start to show some signs of impending problems. Pay close attention to your gum line and you’ll be able to respond right away. Early periodontal treatment will help prevent serious damage from taking hold.

Early Signs of Gum Disease

When your gums are healthy, they should not look dark in color, swollen, or feel tender. They should be pink, smooth, and tight around the teeth. If you notice your gums bleeding when you floss, don’t panic: this is more likely a result of infrequent flossing, rather than disease. If you haven’t been flossing daily, your gums can bleed slightly when you take regular flossing up. The discomfort should fade within a week of consistent oral hygiene (and if it doesn't, then there may be a bigger problem).

Diseased gums are a different story. When your oral hygiene isn’t sufficient, plaque begins to build up on your tooth surfaces and tooth roots. The presence of additional bacteria causes your gums to become irritated and inflamed. At this point, you are experiencing gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease. When your gums are beginning to suffer, you may start to see a few changes taking place in your mouth. If disease is allowed to progress, these will intensify. The most common include:

  • Red or purple gums
  • Tender, painful gums
  • Gums that bleed easily (often when you floss or brush)
  • Swollen, puffy gums
  • Loose-feeling teeth
  • Receding gums
  • Gums pulling away from your teeth, with pockets forming between them
  • Sores in the mouth
  • Pus at the gum line
  • A change in your bite

Gum disease is a particularly sinister dental problem because it can advance without betraying symptoms (taking a silent hold). For this reason, it’s absolutely necessary that you schedule regular dental exams. If the signs of disease aren’t apparent enough for you to notice them on your own, Dr. Scotto will be able to pinpoint problems and take action.

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As gum disease advances, it damages your teeth, gums, and bone. The gum line will recede and change, altering your smile. Your teeth will lose support and feel loose or shift, making your bite uncomfortable. If the disease becomes serious, tooth loss could occur. By catching gum disease early on, we can prevent these problems. Treatment will be less invasive, and there will be a lower chance of gum disease returning.

Periodontal Treatment in Schenectady

Exactly what does periodontal disease treatment entail? The first step will be something similar to a standard teeth cleaning. Scaling and root planing, also referred to as deep cleaning, remove plaque from teeth and tooth roots (below the gum line). SRP is typically accompanied by local anesthesia, so that patients don’t experience discomfort. Patients may also benefit from the use of antibiotics to help prevent the return of disease.

Post-periodontal disease, patients need to take a few extra precautions. There will be a certain oral hygiene regimen to follow that may involve medicated mouthwash or special flossing practices. We will outline everything you can do to fight recurring problems. You may need to visit our office more frequently in the future, so that we can monitor for signs of returning problems.

If you ever have questions about your periodontal health, we would love to help. Simply contact our office for answers.

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Robert M. Scotto, D.D.S.
1705 Eastern Parkway 
Schenectady, NY 12309
P: 518-378-1703                F: 518-374-4221              




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