Gum Disease

Vanguard and Achury Dental

General Dentistry located in Garden City, NY & Jackson Heights, NY

Gum disease is a serious problem that not only affects your dental health but can also have a negative impact on your overall health. At Vanguard and Achury Dental in Garden City, Long Island, and Jackson Heights, Queens, comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services are available to protect against and fight gum disease. If you have this common condition or to learn more about prevention and treatment, visit Camilo Achury, DDS, or Diva Puerta, DDS. Call either office in New York City or schedule an appointment online.

Gum Disease Q & A

What is gum disease?

Gum disease, also commonly called periodontal disease, is a serious infection of your gum tissue that can cause a wide range of problems. 

The earliest stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. At this stage, your gums are inflamed but not fully infected with bacteria. You might notice bleeding when you brush or floss, and your gums can be sensitive.  

Once the problem advances, your gums begin to pull away from the surface of your teeth. That creates small pockets where bacteria can multiply even more rapidly. Gum disease causes your immune system to react in an effort to fight growing numbers of bacteria. 

In the most advanced stages, gum disease can weaken your bone tissue, causing your teeth to grow loose. Tooth loss is possible, and widespread gum inflammation is present. 

What are the dangers of gum disease?

A growing body of evidence supports the link between gum disease and numerous serious health conditions. 

When your gums are badly inflamed, bacteria normally confined to your mouth can enter your bloodstream. Some of the health issues linked to untreated gum disease include:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Cognitive problems

Treating gum disease is an important part of not only your dental health but also your overall health and wellness. 

What are the causes of gum disease?

Gum disease is most often caused by poor dental hygiene. If you don’t have a solid routine of brushing, flossing, and professional dental cleanings and exams, bacteria can overwhelm your gum tissues. Additional causes of gum disease include:

  • In women, hormonal changes like menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause
  • Illnesses like cancer or HIV
  • Certain medications
  • Family history of gum disease

Coming in for regular dental exams and professional cleanings are the best way to ensure you don’t develop gum disease. 

Be sure to follow the advice of your dental team in regard to establishing and maintaining a great dental hygiene routine, and be alert for changes in your gum tissue that could indicate an infection. 

For a thorough screening for gum disease and a discussion of treatment options, schedule a one-on-one consultation today. Online booking makes it easy to find a time that fits your busy schedule, or you can always call the office to check availability.