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Dentist East Northport

Dentist East Northport

Whether due to poor hygiene, bad eating habits or just bad genetic luck, lots of Americans suffer from gum disease, which is characterized by swollen and bleeding gums, among other signs and symptoms. As with a great many other diseases of the body, gum disease progresses in stages of steadily increasing severity. Each one of these stages, in its turn, requires an ever more involved course of treatment. Because Roger Curtiss, DDS — our East Northport dentist — sees patient education as an integral component of patient health, we’d like to take a moment to tell you a little bit more about the stages of gum disease and the stages of addressing it.

Periodontal Care East Northport

Periodontal Care East Northport

Gum disease starts off small, when bacteria in accumulated plaque cause gums to become red and inflamed. This first stage is called “gingivitis”, and, generally speaking, it’s fairly easily cured with a combination of improved oral hygiene habits and a professional cleaning. However, if gingivitis is allowed to fester unimpeded, swollen gums pull away from the teeth, creating pockets where plaque and bacteria can gain an even stronger foothold. This is called periodontitis, and once this happens, your East Northport dentist will need to go beyond simple cleaning to a pair of procedures called periodontal scaling and planing to bust up plaque deposits and smooth out the roots of affected teeth (bacteria love any nook and cranny they can find). Now, if Roger Curtiss, DDS, checks you out and finds signs that these pockets in your gums have become especially large, you may need to undergo pocket reduction surgery.

You may be wondering what all the fuss is about. Sure, gum disease is uncomfortable and somewhat unsightly, but, really, what’s the big deal? We here at the practice of Roger Curtiss, DDS, hate to break it to you, but gum disease threatens more than just your comfort and appearance. If left to its own devices, periodontal disease can cause tooth-loss and, believe it or not, spread serious infection to other parts of your body. This is why prompt treatment is so very important. If you’ve noticed your gums aren’t looking so hot — or even if you’ve simply not been to the dentist in a while — call or go online to set up an appointment with our East Northport dentist today!

Gum Disease Treatments East Northport
299 Main Street, Suite I
Northport, New York 11768
631-706-4185

Northport Periodontal Dentist

Northport Periodontal Dentist

Three out of four adults have periodontal disease. Also called gum disease, it is the painless condition caused by plaque and bacteria which is not removed by proper brushing and flossing.

Northport Periodontal Dentist

Northport Periodontal Dentist

Periodontal disease may go unnoticed, which is why it is important to have regular cleanings by your family dentist. Northport periodontist and general dentist, Roger D. Curtiss, D.D.S., offers outstanding family dentistry specializing in periodontal care and cosmetic dentistry. If gum disease is not properly treated, it can result in later tooth loss. Your teeth are supported by gum tissue or connective fibers that anchor the tooth root into its socket, and bone. If Dr. Curtiss at his Northport practice in New York detects gum disease he will provide you with education on your options. During your regular exams at Dr. Curtiss’s dental office, cleanings include x-rays and periodontal examinations.

Preventing Periodontal Disease Northport

Flossing and brushing your teeth twice a day is the best way to prevent gum disease. The most important periodontal disease prevention is visiting Dr. Curtiss’s Northport dentist office for your regular cleanings. If your gums are swollen and bleed easily when you floss, you may need to be treated for periodontal disease to reduce your chance of tooth loss. Whether you’re an adult, adolescent or child, our knowledgeable staff are committed to helping you achieve the healthy, beautiful smile you deserve. Come to our Northport office on Main Street for  your next cleaning.

Northport Family Dentist
299 Main Street, Suite I
Northport, New York 11768
631-706-4185