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Unfortunately, there are many dental issues in the world that can destroy your smile and oral health if you let them. One of those issues is gum disease. Gum disease has two stages: gingivitis and periodontitis. It is caused by poor oral hygiene and failure to attend your six-month checkups because plaque and tartar are not removed from your smile regularly. These substances attack the gums and infect the smile. Fortunately, there are treatments our dentist, Dr. Robert Horowitz, can use to treat each stage of gum disease. Those treatments are:

For Gingivitis

-Dental checkup (Your routine dental cleaning will remove the plaque and tartar from your teeth that are promoting the gum disease.)

-Pristine oral hygiene (It’s very important to brush twice a day, floss once a day and rinse your mouth with mouthwash daily.)

For Periodontitis

-Scaling and root planing (This involves removing the plaque and tartar from your teeth and roots and then smoothing the roots to prevent bacteria buildup.)

-Pocket reduction treatment (This involves cleaning the gum pocket, folding back the gum tissue, smoothing the areas of damaged bone, and promoting health and reattachment in the gum tissues.)

-Gum grafts (This involves using tissues from other areas of the mouth and suturing them over the exposed roots.)

-Bone grafts (This involves using a natural or synthetic bone as well as tissue-stimulating proteins to strengthen and rebuild damaged bone in the jaw.)

-More frequent cleaning appointments (You will likely need a checkup every 3-4 months to keep your teeth and gums free from gum disease.)

For more information and details about how to treat gum disease in Scarsdale, New York, please contact Robert A. Horowitz, DDS today. All you need to do is dial 914-529-4136 and our dental team will be happy to give you the answers and help you need. We look forward to hearing from you!