Ask any American what the most common disease in the country is, and most would answer with Heart Disease, or perhaps Cancer. The truth is, however, that the answer is gum disease, which affects more Americans than those other two combined. There are several varieties of gum disease, ranging from gingivitis, which is a mild form of gum disease, through to periodontitis, which is a severe gum disease. Dr. Karen Kang is highly experienced in gum disease prevention and offers advice and guidance through regular check-ups or consolations for anyone looking for gum disease treatment in Manhattan.
Symptoms of gum disease includes red, swollen or tender gums or pain inside the mouth, gums bleeding when you brush or flow, receding gums, persistent bad breath, sores inside the mouth, receding gums or loose teeth.
Gum disease, of any variety, is an infection within both the gum itself and bones that support the teeth, and usually starts when plaque hardens and becomes tartar below the gum line. This build up leads to irritation of the soft tissues of the gum and this is where infection can set in. The effect of decaying food particles and bacteria from the plaque enables such infections to spread rapidly around the oral cavity.
This is a serious issue, as gum disease has been linked to increased health risks in other areas, including heart disease, respiratory issues and diabetes amongst others. As such it is vital to combat the onset of gum disease as early as possible as soon as it is detected.
Once detected, gum disease can be dealt with in several ways, if found early enough, simply changing your brushing technique or flossing regime can be enough to keep it under control, but there are several non-surgical ways of dealing with the problem too.
Teeth scaling, removing the hard plaque from below the gum line, can be an effective method of combatting the condition, in addition antibiotic therapy can help to tackle infection throughout the mouth.
Once you have detected gum disease, it is often prudent to take new measures, and at her New York City Midtown Dentist practice Dr. Karen Kang can offer assistance with your oral health regime at home, including advice for both brushing and flossing, as well as caring for sensitive teeth and choosing the right oral hygiene products for you.
The best method of gum disease prevention is through a comprehensive and effective oral hygiene regime at home, including proper brushing and flossing, Dr. Karen Kang has the following advice:
Brushing Your Teeth
Cleaning the outside surfaces of your teeth by positioning the brush at a 45-degree angle where your gums and teeth meet. Gently move the brush in a circular motion several times using short, gentle strokes. Apply light pressure to get the bristle between the teeth, but do not use so much pressure that you feel discomfort. After cleaning the outside surfaces of all your teeth, use the same method on the inside of the back teeth.
Clean the inside surfaces of the upper and lower front teeth by holding the brush vertically and using several gentle back-and-forth strokes over each tooth and its surrounding gum tissue.
Finally, clean the biting surfaces of your teeth by using short, gentle strokes. Change the position of the brush as often as necessary to reach and clean all surfaces. After you are done, rinse vigorously to remove any plaque you might have loosened while brushing.
How to brush your teeth
This is accomplished by holding the floss tightly between the thumb and forefinger of each hand. Gently insert the floss tightly between the teeth using a back-and-forth motion. Do not force the floss or try to snap it in to place. Bring the floss to the gum line then curve it into a C-shape against one tooth. Slide it into the space between the gum and the tooth until you feel light resistance. Move the floss up and down on the side of one tooth. Remember there are two tooth surfaces that need to be cleaned in each space. As the floss becomes soiled, turn from one finger to the other to get a fresh section. When you are done, rinse vigorously with water to remove plaque and food particles.