Gum Disease

Gum Disease Rochester NY

If you notice swollen, bleeding, or receding gums, you may have early signs of gum disease. Fortunately, this disease is treatable, but you should visit a dentist soon. Dr. Skeels is experienced in treating gum disease for Rochester, NY patients.

What Is Gum Disease?

Gum disease occurs when plaque builds up on your teeth and develops into a harder substance called tartar. There are two types of gum disease. Gingivitis is a mild version of gum disease that you can reverse with healthy dental habits. But if you're not careful, gingivitis can turn into periodontitis, where infected pockets form around your gums. This infection causes your bone and tissue to break down. 

How We Treat Gum Diseasein Rochester, NY

If you suspect you have gum disease, come to the office of Dr. David K. Skeels. Dr. Skeels and our staff will clean your teeth to remove plaque and tartar. They can also deep clean your teeth through a procedure called scaling and root planing. The procedure removes the tartar and bacteria around your gum-line and on your teeth's roots. If further treatment is needed, Dr. Skeels may refer you to an oral surgeon. 

How to Prevent Gum Disease

You can reduce the gum disease severity with the following guidelines:
  • Stop smoking. Smoking increases your chances of gum disease. 
  • Brush and floss at least twice daily. These healthy habits remove plaque and prevent gum disease. 
  • Eat healthy foods. Eating foods packed with vitamins and minerals, like fruits and vegetables, boosts your immune system so you can better fight infection. 
  • Get twice-yearly dental cleanings. You can't remove all plaque on your own, so make sure you visit Dr. Skeels twice a year. Our staff provides a thorough cleaning to keep your teeth healthy. 

Schedule an Appointment

If you notice signs of gum disease, see our Rochester, NY office. We'll keep your teeth healthy and clean and stop your gum disease in its tracks. Call us for an appointment at (585) 467-7000.
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