Gum Disease Larchmont, NY

Periodontal disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults. For this reason, it is important to take care of your teeth and gums. Dr. Brad Gorsky is an experienced dentist in Larchmont, NY that specializes in preventing and treating gum disease. He dedicates himself to helping patients maintain their healthy smiles.

Gum Disease Larchmont, NY

Understanding Plaque

Plaque is a yellow, sticky substance that is constantly forming in your mouth. It forms when bacteria in your saliva mix with sugary or high starch foods. Your dentist will remove this stuff from your teeth before it causes harm to your teeth and gums. If not consistently removed, it can lead to many dental problems including gum disease. Furthermore, if you do not remove plaque, it will harden into a substance called tartar. Tartar is harder to remove and will also lead to periodontal disease.

The Warning Signs of Gum Disease

In many cases, patients do not even know they suffer from the gingivitis, the beginning stages of periodontal disease. They learn about it after being diagnosed by their dentist. Other patients exhibit clear signs of the disease but may be hesitant to seek treatment due to no dental insurance or fear of the dentist. In either case, it is important to understand that gum disease will not go away on its own. It is a progressive disease that requires treatment from a qualified dentist. If you notice any of the following symptoms, please book an appointment with Dr. Gorsky at his Larchmont, NY dentist office:

  • Red, swollen or sore gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Receding gums
  • Sores or pus between gums and teeth
  • Persistent bad breath (halitosis)
  • Changes in the fit of dental appliance such as dentures

Gum Disease Therapy in Larchmont, NY

  • Antibacterial rinses are effective for all stages of gum disease. After a deep cleaning, Dr. Gorsky will give you directions on how to use the mouth rinse at home. Using it will help reduce the amount of harmful bacteria in the mouth and prevent the disease from progressing.
  • Scaling and root planing is essentially a teeth cleaning except more intense. Your dentist uses special tools to remove all the tartar and bacteria hiding under the gums and along the gum line. Then, Dr. Gorsky will thoroughly clean the teeth, especially around the gums, to kill the bacteria. This treatment will help prevent gum recession and tooth loss.
  • Oral surgery may be necessary for patients with complex periodontitis. In these cases, we may refer you to a local specialist to repair the gums.

How to Avoid Gum Disease

Keeping your teeth and gums healthy is the key to preventing gum disease. If you commit yourself to a proper and thorough oral care routine then your chances of developing gingivitis goes down significantly. Daily at-home care should include brushing at least twice a day with a soft-bristle tooth brush and fluoride toothpaste to remove plaque. Additionally, you need to floss at least once day and avoid high sugar food, candy, and drinks. You should not avoid visiting your Larchmont, NY dentist office twice a year for a routine checkup. During these visits, we will remove all the hard to reach plaque and tartar from your teeth especially at the gum line.