The importance of periodontal health in New York – Brooklyn, NY

While periodontal issues are entirely preventable with routine care, gum disease remains the leading cause of tooth loss for adults in the US. At TriBeCa Dental Associates in New York, NY, the team offers education and treatments to protect your periodontal health. Our offices in Manhattan and Brooklyn focus on safe and effective holistic treatments to keep your teeth healthy and your breath fresher for as long as possible.

How does periodontal disease affect your overall health?

Gum disease can significantly impact your smile’s appearance, but the full effects go much deeper than your appearance. Beyond pain, sensitivity, and tooth loss, infections in your gums can add stress to your immune system and contribute to inflammatory issues in your body. Bacteria can also spread to your bone and travel through your bloodstream throughout your body. Oral bacteria have been linked to many chronic conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease.  

While the best way to address periodontal disease is to prevent it from happening in the first place, there are a variety of treatments to clear infections from your gums, as well as prevent them from reoccurring. At TriBeCa Dental Associates, we focus on holistic therapies that harness your body’s natural ability to heal. We prefer to use minimally invasive procedures that can help avoid surgeries to remove infected tissues or teeth.

Treating periodontal disease

If we find signs of gum disease at the time of your exam, we will create a treatment plan that’s best suited for your case. Our periodontal health professionals can use Cone Beam CT scanning technology to get a clear picture of how deep infections have spread. That allows us to plan procedures to address the extent of your infections fully. Most patients will need a few sessions of scaling and root planing to remove tartar and bacteria from periodontal pockets around their teeth. Our team can improve the effectiveness of scaling and root planing with ozone therapy to sterilize the pockets, encourage your gums to reattach to your tooth, and strengthen your enamel.

We can further target treatment using salivary testing and microscopic biofilm analysis to identify the exact bacteria causing infections and select the best medications to complement our therapies. In some cases, we may recommend surgical procedures to clear out infected tissues or add a gum graft to protect your tooth roots from infection. To learn more about how we can help, contact our offices in Manhattan (212) 671-3749 or Brooklyn (718) 618-9698 today and set up your consultation.