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Gum Care and Prevention In Lackawanna, NY

Gum Care and Prevention

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Keeping your mouth clean and infection free is the best way to prevent halitosis (bad breath), cavities, sensitive gums, and loose teeth. Also, the health of your mouth is very closely linked to your whole body wellness, with oral infections linked to such medical problems as increased risk of stroke, heart attack, and memory loss in seniors. Gum (or periodontal) disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the US, so taking care of it is important not only for the foundation of your smile, but your overall health as well.

At Southtowns Dental Services, your oral and overall health is our top priority. Our team of docs and hygienists are all knowledgeable about cavity prevention and gum disease and experienced with preventing and managing it. We use preventative techniques, which includes regularly getting your teeth and gums cleaned and examined, low radiation digital X-rays, oral cancer screenings, sealants, and flouride treatments. We also use the ORACARE System, which kills bacteria, viruses, fungi, with the added benefits of neutralizing volatile sulfur compounds and controlling plaque accumulation.

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Gum Care And Prevention FAQs

Why is gum care important?

Gum care is important because it helps maintain healthy gums, which are essential for overall oral health. Healthy gums provide support to the teeth, help prevent tooth loss, and contribute to a beautiful smile.

Maintaining healthy gums involves regular brushing and flossing to remove plaque and bacteria, eating a balanced diet, avoiding tobacco products, and scheduling regular dental check-ups and cleanings.

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection of the gums caused by the buildup of plaque and bacteria. It can lead to gum inflammation, gum recession, and potentially tooth loss if left untreated.

Signs of gum disease include red, swollen, or tender gums, bleeding gums during brushing or flossing, persistent bad breath, receding gums, and loose or shifting teeth.

Gum disease can be prevented by practicing good oral hygiene, including daily brushing and flossing, using antibacterial mouthwash, and scheduling regular dental check-ups and cleanings.

Yes, gum disease has been linked to various systemic health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, respiratory infections, and adverse pregnancy outcomes. Maintaining healthy gums is important for overall well-being.

To brush your gums, gently move the toothbrush in circular motions along the gumline. When flossing, carefully slide the floss between the teeth and curve it around the base of each tooth, reaching beneath the gumline.

It is generally recommended to schedule dental check-ups and cleanings every six months. However, your dentist may suggest more frequent visits if you have gum disease or other specific oral health needs.

In its early stages (gingivitis), gum disease can be reversed through proper oral hygiene practices and professional dental treatment. However, advanced stages (periodontitis) may require more extensive treatments to manage and control the disease.

Common gum care products include toothbrushes with soft bristles, fluoride toothpaste, antimicrobial mouthwashes, interdental brushes, and water flossers. Your dentist can recommend specific products suitable for your needs.

Difference Between Bad Gums And Healthy Gums

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Inflamed or “mad” gums, also known as gingivitis, are a sign of gum disease. They often appear red, swollen, and may bleed easily, especially during brushing or flossing. Individuals with mad gums may experience persistent bad breath and tenderness in the gum tissue. Gingivitis is usually caused by poor oral hygiene, leading to a buildup of plaque and bacteria along the gumline. If left untreated, it can progress to a more severe form of gum disease called periodontitis.

Healthy Gums
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Healthy gums, on the other hand, are firm, pink, and do not bleed during routine oral care. They securely hold the teeth in place and have a tight seal around them, protecting the underlying structures. Healthy gums are the result of proper oral hygiene practices, including regular brushing, flossing, and professional dental cleanings. Maintaining healthy gums is essential for overall oral health, as they act as a barrier against infection and help prevent tooth loss.

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Dr. Beth D'Angelo uses various techniques to achieve a healthy, beautiful smile for all ages. Services include general/cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics, preventive care, and facial esthetic treatments.
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Dr. Bill D'Angelo has years of experience in implants, oral surgery, and restorative care. He offers individualized treatment plans for optimal results, making him the go-to choice for improving tooth function and aesthetics.
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Dr. Fred Fielding combines his passion for dentistry with his eye for design to create smiles that leave lasting impressions. He is well versed in all aspects of cosmetic dentistry, as well as general dentistry.
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Dr. Maureen Callahan loves being able to give her patients the best that dentistry has to offer at Southtowns Dental. She has a comprehensive approach to patient care to ensure lasting results.

What Our Patients Say

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Will Merritt

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This is the best dentist in town and they have always worked with me, and I'm terrified of going to the dentist. These guys are very fast in the dental work they do and super gentle

Mark Beehler

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I have been a patient at Southtown Dental for several years. After 50 years of not looking forward to going to the dentist, I can say that I actually enjoy going now. The hygienist, Deanna, is outstanding. Not only does she do a terrific job but she is gentle and very personable. The office staff is professional and on point. They are also very welcoming and friendly. It really comes down to the dentist care which has always been very good. Today my teeth are clean and sparkly- I look forward to going back in 6 months!

Ethan Beecher

5/5

Everything went super smooth and the staff was awesome! They made my visit easy and relaxing throughout the entire procedure.

Bill Godios

5/5

Seeing Dr. Fielding and the rest of the staff is like visiting the family. They provide a comfortable warm, setting and professionalism beyond expectations.

kelly cleary

5/5

We loved our experience! Miss Jackie and Dr. Callahan helped my 3 year old enjoy his first full cleaning! Thank you 😊

Jenna DeVincentis

5/5

Another wonderful visit for my two young daughters. Everyone is accommodating, kid-friendly, and patient. Dr. Bill and his staff went above and beyond to be sure my girls were comfortable.

Joanne Carrigan

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I am very happy with Southtowns Dental Services. Everyone is friendly, helpful and very knowledgeable. I am always treated kindly and have recommended family members and friends.

Patricia Ortiz

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I just went in for my cleaning, I was very nervous. Sara the dental hygienist was awesome. She was gentle and very kind She kept my mind off of what was going on and I was very pleased with my experience.

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What our customers say

Will Merritt

5/5

This is the best dentist in town and they have always worked with me, and I'm terrified of going to the dentist. These guys are very fast in the dental work they do and super gentle

Mark Beehler

5/5

I have been a patient at Southtown Dental for several years. After 50 years of not looking forward to going to the dentist, I can say that I actually enjoy going now. The hygienist, Deanna, is outstanding. Not only does she do a terrific job but she is gentle and very personable. The office staff is professional and on point. They are also very welcoming and friendly. It really comes down to the dentist care which has always been very good. Today my teeth are clean and sparkly- I look forward to going back in 6 months!

Ethan Beecher

5/5

Everything went super smooth and the staff was awesome! They made my visit easy and relaxing throughout the entire procedure.

Bill Godios

5/5

Seeing Dr. Fielding and the rest of the staff is like visiting the family. They provide a comfortable warm, setting and professionalism beyond expectations.

kelly cleary

5/5

We loved our experience! Miss Jackie and Dr. Callahan helped my 3 year old enjoy his first full cleaning! Thank you 😊

Jenna DeVincentis

5/5

Another wonderful visit for my two young daughters. Everyone is accommodating, kid-friendly, and patient. Dr. Bill and his staff went above and beyond to be sure my girls were comfortable.

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