Don’t Be Fooled Because You Don’t Have Bleeding Gums

The staff at Smile in the City wants to keep you from being tricked by signs pointing to gum disease. While bleeding is indeed a sign that you may have problems when you brush your teeth, the opposite isn’t always true. You don’t need to have gums that bleed to get gum disease.

Our dentist, Dr. Schmidt, takes a comprehensive approach to treating gum disease and preventing it from progressing into teeth loss and serious medical conditions including heart disease and some cancers such as oral and pancreatic cancer.

Signs of Gum Disease

The initial stages of gum disease are called gingivitis. It is caused by plaque, which if not brushed and flossed away, builds up on the teeth and gums daily. Look for the following symptoms aside from the bleeding gums.

  • Gum irritation: Tenderness, redness and swelling
  • Receding gums: Teeth appear longer as gums pull away
  • Loose teeth: Teeth may be loose or spreading apart and can change your bite
  • Bad taste/breath: Brushing may remove the taste or odor for a short time, but it persists

Gum disease can be stopped, however, even in advanced stages. Dr. Schmidt offers a variety of periodontal services to halt its progression and clear away bacteria and infection.

Periodontal Maintenance

This is a periodontal maintenance system ongoing. It is designed to purify stubborn plaque and bacteria and to prevent further loss of bone.

Scaling and Root Planing

Scaling cleans and removes infection above and below the gum line. Planing smooths tooth roots and encourages healthy gum tissue to reattach.

Bone Grafting

A graft replaces bone tissue and restores the structure of your face. A bone graft also allows future dental implants.

Contact Us

Learn more about the dental techniques by contacting our office for an appointment to be a candidate for. Dr. Schmidt is able to discuss all your options and recommend a treatment course designed to restore your oral health.

Contact our offices located in New York, NY to schedule an appointment to speak to Dr. Schmidt to learn more about the other services that we offer at Smile in the City.

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