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Did you know that many Americans have gum disease? Were you aware that, if left untreated, gum disease can lead to heart problems? Luckily, while gum disease can be a serious problem, there are things you can do to prevent it. Similarly, there are treatments that can stop the progression of gum disease.

Still, prevention is the preferable option. One essential part of preventing gum disease is removing plaque and tartar (which is hardened plaque) from your teeth and gums. You can usually do this by brushing and flossing your teeth at home, but you’ll also need to visit your dentist every six months for a routine cleaning.

However, if you have gum disease, you may need scaling and root planing. This process involves cleaning plaque from beneath your gums and from your teeth and can prevent gum disease. For other cases, Dr. Mark L. Pitel may recommend specified medication. Similarly, your dentist may recommend more frequent visits until your gum recover.

Unfortunately, if you have gum disease treated but then neglect your teeth, the problem could return. To avoid this situation, please remember to brush, floss, and visit your dentist every six months. Fortunately, if you follow these steps you can usually hold off gum disease.

If you are interested in learning more, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 845-454-0790. We are excited to hear from you.