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When this happens, you might develop the early periodontal infection known as gingivitis.

This early stage causes inflammation in the gum tissues, minor changes in the periodontal tissues, bleeding while brushing and flossing, as well as chronic bad breath. If it’s caught early, Dr. Robert Horowitz might be able to treat gingivitis with a dental cleaning and by encouraging you to improve your daily oral hygiene routine.

If you procrastinate having gingivitis symptoms treated, the infection in the gum tissues can exacerbate into the more dangerous stage known as periodontitis.

This severe infection and inflammation in your gums can make the tissues recede from the base of your teeth. In time, small pockets of infection can form deep within the gum tissues. This can gradually cause the loss of structure in the bones that anchor your teeth in your mouth.

At the same time, systemic inflammation from chronic gum disease also poses a significant threat to your immune system. Recent research has found that this disease can affect other medical conditions including diabetes, heart disease, and risk of stroke. While this disease can’t cause these conditions, the conditions do seem to have some level of impact or can limit your treatment options.

If you have been experiencing symptoms of gum disease in Scarsdale, New York, you should call 914-723-3366 to schedule an appointment at Robert A. Horowitz, DDS.