An important part of your regular dental exam is when your dentist and dental hygienist is looking for signs of gum disease and assessing your mouth for future risk of developing gum disease. Left untreated, gum disease (periodontal disease) can lead to severe infection and tooth loss. It’s also associated with various chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Think of your mouth as a window to your overall health.
At Brenner Dental of Park Slope, Dr. Brenner and our hygienists, Claire and Rosa, always look for signs of gum disease during their appointment with you. They will let you know your risk level and how to watch for any signs of periodontal disease yourself. They will let you know what preventive steps you can take to keep this potentially dangerous disease at bay.
Advanced scientific and technological studies provide treatment options that are minimally invasive, and if caught early can stop the disease from advancing to a dangerous level. Be proactive about your dental health; see your dentist at regular intervals for routine dental exams. Certainly, if you’re showing any symptoms of gum disease don’t wait to get treatment.