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The Importance of Periodontal Health

Gums are soft tissues that line the mouth and help to keep teeth in place. Healthy gums are pink and firm, whereas unhealthy gums are red, inflamed, and puffy. Periodontal disease harms these tissues and results from a lack of oral hygiene, a poor diet, or an underlying medical condition such as diabetes. If left untreated, it can cause the symptoms listed above, in addition to soreness, tenderness, and eventually tooth loss. General periodontal care in Honeoye Falls, NY, or Mendon, NY, is the first step toward keeping your teeth healthy. Dr. Gregory Lowenguth of HFL Dental can assess your gum health during a visit to our office.

The Importance of Periodontal Health

Dental plaque is the primary culprit of periodontal disease. It's a type of bacteria constantly forming on teeth from foods and beverages consumed daily. To remove it, you must brush at least twice a day, floss at least once a day or after every meal, and visit your dentist for general periodontal care in Honeoye Falls, NY, also serving Mendon, NY, twice a year for professional cleanings and exams.

Maintaining periodontal health is vital to prevent infection, cavities, and tooth loss. Because this condition also correlates to the rest of the body, pregnant women must especially maintain periodontal health to avoid fetal health risks. Periodontal disease develops in stages, and when you visit our office, Dr. Lowenguth will take x-rays to determine whether your case is mild, moderate, or inflammation has spread to the tooth's supporting structures. Mild cases often consist of gingivitis, which is reversible. More severe cases, like periodontitis, may require a deeper cleaning called scaling and root planing to reach the areas underneath the gums.

Gingivitis and periodontitis can be diagnosed and prevented with general periodontal care from your Honeoye Falls, NY, dentist also serving Mendon, NY. To make an appointment with Dr. Lowenguth at HFL Dental, please call (585) 624-1917.