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Long Island Periodontist

About Periodontics and Periodontal Diseases -the short version

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The word "periodontal" literally means "around the tooth". Periodontal diseases are serious bacterial infections that destroy the attachment fibers and supporting bone that hold your teeth in your mouth. If left untreated, these diseases can lead to tooth loss so is important to contact our Long Island Periodontist. There are many forms of periodontal disease. The most common type is adult periodontitis, which can affect young adults in their early 20's. In general, the earlier periodontal disease is detected and treated, the better the long term outcome will be.

Who Gets Periodontal Disease?

Various factors, alone or in combination, can make anyone susceptible to periodontal disease. Oral hygiene, specific health problems - ie.-diabetes, circulatory issues, life-style choices such as use of tobacco, alcohol, or drugs, hormonal changes from puberty on, genetic pre-disposition among the most common. Smoking and its release of nicotine into the bloodstream is one of the biggest issues relating to the inception and severity of periodontal disease. Women are more susceptible at various stages of life due to hormonal changes affecting the oral cavity, including the onset of puberty, pregnancy and menopause.

Is It Normal For My Gums to Bleed?

Bleeding gums are just one of the signs of gum disease. Think of gum tissue as the skin on your hand. If your hands bled every time you washed them, you would know something was wrong. Warning signs of gum disease are important to note and follow up on with professional advice: swollen gums, loss of gum tissue or recession, any putrid taste or unusual oozing from gums(pus), teeth seeming loose or shifting or changes in your bite - among other symptoms disturbing you.

Learn more about the Treatment of Periodontitis.