Periodontics is the field of dentistry dealing with gum disease treatment. Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is an infection of the gums and bones that hold the teeth in place could lead to loss of teeth if left untreated. The good news is gum disease is relatively easy to prevent by maintaining proper dental hygiene (brushing and flossing) and making regular dental appointments.
Warnings signs of gum disease:
- gums that bleed easily.
- red, swollen or tender gums.
- gums that have pulled away from the teeth.
- pus between teeth and gums when the gums are pressed.
- persistent bad breath or bad taste.
- permanent teeth that are loose, separating or changing position.
- any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite.
- any changes in the fit of partial dentures.
In recent years, doctors and researchers have discovered a mouth-body connection, which indicates links between gum disease and several medical conditions. Gum disease has been linked to increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, premature birth and low birth-weight babies.
Consult with your dentist if you have or are at risk for:
- heart disease or high blood pressure.
- cancer, particularly pancreatic cancer.
- are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.
Just as genetics, exercise, nutrition, stress and personal habits contribute to an individual's overall wellness, scientists are discovering the mouth-body connection. In fact, more dental and health insurance companies are covering extra dental cleanings for at-risk patients because the link between oral health and general health is so strong.
Periodontics/Gum Disease Treatment (specialty and non-specialty) and Dental Care Service Locations
Bethlehem (in Delmar)
, Clifton Park
, Colonie (in Albany)
, Rotterdam (in Schenectady)
, Saratoga (in Saratoga Springs)
and White Plains