Periodontal disease is often referred to as gum disease. Periodontal is actually a combination of two Latin words: perio for around and odont for tooth. These diseases affect the supportive tissues around the tooth. Periodontal disease occurs when plaque or tartar buildup at the gum line leads to irritation or inflammation that can cause the breakdown of soft tissue or jawbone density if left untreated. At the Manhattan dental office of Dr. Laura Torrado, we can help you understand how to care for your smile in order to maintain optimal gum health. Contact our Central Park South dental office to find out more or to schedule an appointment.
Why is Periodontal Maintenance Essential?
Periodontal disease has a number of adverse oral and overall health effects including:
- Tooth loss, especially in patients over the age of 35
- Chronic bad breath (halitosis)
- Shifting bite alignment that places uneven pressure on teeth
- Increased blood pressure
- Advanced diabetes or other health concerns
What Does Periodontal Maintenance Include?
In order to maintain the optimal level of oral health, you need to care for your smile daily as well as visiting our office two times each year for professional cleanings. Each day, you’ll need to brush and floss to remove the buildup of plaque and tartar that accumulates daily. Additionally, you’ll need to visit our office two times each year for professional deep cleaning. During a professional hygiene appointment, our hygienist will remove plaque and tartar from those hard to access parts of teeth that may not be reached during daily teeth cleaning.