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Prophylaxis (Teeth Cleaning)

A patient having their dental cleaning done by mechanical polisher at Edward I. Jutkowitz, D.M.D., P.C. - Periodontics and Implantology An important aspect of periodontics is caring for and improving the health of gum tissue. This is done through prophylaxis, which is a preventive treatment taken as an active action against the development of gum disease. In more simple terms, we can perform a dental cleaning, including a deep cleaning below the gumline, to help you achieve and maintain oral health. Our staff at Edward I. Jutkowitz, D.M.D., P.C. - Periodontics and Implantology is specifically trained to examine and assist our patients in obtaining healthier teeth and gums.

What is Gum Disease?

There are so many terms used when discussing gum disease that sometimes our patients feel confused about what is occurring. Periodontitis is an infection of the gums, sometimes we use the phrase gum disease to encompass all phases of this disease but there are varying degrees and how we approach it. These degrees can include:
•  Gingivitis: Gingivitis is a term that we use to indicate that inflammation is present. This is the early stages of gum disease, you may notice redness in your gums or even experience bleeding when brushing or flossing. This is your first sign that preventive care is needed. The key difference in this stage is that there is no bone loss yet. Often a dental cleaning can help.
•  Periodontitis: Periodontitis is a more aggressive level of gum disease. The patient may be developing gum pockets that exceed 3mm in depth and the bone may become infected. It is at this point that damage can begin to occur. Patients with this level of gum disease may require what is known as a deep cleaning, this cleaning uses scaling and root planing as a course of action. We use a tool called an ultrasonic scaler to safely and rapidly remove any bacteria and tartar that has dipped below the gumline. We then smooth the root system to hopefully induce a healing response from your gums prompting them to reattach to the teeth. It is important to minimize and bone damage and help your tissue heal.
•  Chronic Periodontitis: Chronic Periodontitis means that the patient is experiencing a case of periodontitis that is continuing to rage. This is the most dangerous level of gum disease and where damage is actively occurring. It is during this phase that a patient will experience bone loss and eventually tooth loss.

What can be done?

As with any disease, catching it early is best. We hope that through regularly scheduled appointments, we can keep an eye on the level of progression and help stave off the disease. Something that patients seldom understand is that their oral health plays a role in their overall health. If your body is fighting infection in one area, it has less resources to fight off infection in another area. If your bone health suffers, there is a cascade of effects that can cause much larger issues. We hope to help our patients with the education and tools to help.

Dental examinations, along with gum disease checks, oral cancer screenings, and examining the level of decay are important preventive steps that we take very seriously. For more information, contact our office at: (516) 740-1848

Roslyn Heights
70 Glen Cove Rd, Roslyn Heights,
NY 11577
Phone: (516) 740-1848
Fax: 516-621-9409

133 East 58th St, Ste 803,
Manhattan, NY 10022
Phone: (212) 355-3944
Fax: 646-735-1843

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