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Rifkin Dental

Dentists located in Carmel, NY & Yorktown Heights, NY

Periodontics at Rifkin Dental in Yorktown Height and Carmel, New York, encompasses all kinds of gum care, including preventive care, maintenance treatments, and specialized periodontal treatments as needed. You can rely on the highly skilled team at Rifkin Dental for healthy smile support of all types. Call the office now or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about the available periodontal services.

Periodontics Q & A

What is Periodontics?

Periodontics is the area of dentistry that focuses on gum care. Periodontics includes periodontal disease prevention, periodontal disease care, and advanced periodontal treatments. Additionally, periodontics can include dental implants if you need them.

What are the Symptoms of Periodontal Disease?

Early on, there aren't always clear signs of periodontal disease. However, untreated periodontal disease can quickly advance. At that point, you'll often notice symptoms such as:

  • Gum inflammation
  • Swelling in and around your gums
  • Painful or tender gums
  • Discomfort or bleeding when you brush or floss

Eventually, you can develop advanced gum disease, known as periodontitis. New problems like receding gums, gaps between your teeth and gums, loose teeth, and shifting teeth can occur at that point.

If you notice one or more of these symptoms, schedule an appointment at Rifkin Dental to avoid serious consequences such as tooth loss later on.

What Causes Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease can occur in anyone, but certain things increase your odds of developing it. These include a family history of periodontal disease, smoking, and chronic illnesses like diabetes.

Poor oral hygiene also significantly raises your risk for periodontal disease, so it's imperative that you brush and floss properly every single day. If you're at-risk for periodontal disease, it's especially important to monitor your gum and teeth health closely with the help of your dentist at Rifkin Dental.

How Can I Prevent Periodontal Disease?

Excellent oral hygiene is key, so be sure to brush your teeth twice a day and floss regularly. Watch your gums closely for signs of changes. Clean any removable dental devices thoroughly, as well.

It’s also important to see your dentist at Rifkin Dental twice a year, or as often as recommended, for checkups and cleanings.

What is the Treatment for Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal care at Rifkin Dental is customizable based on your needs. Treatments can include:

  • Dental cleaning
  • Scaling and root planing
  • Oral irrigation
  • Oral antibiotics

In the most serious cases of periodontitis, surgery or dental implants may be your best option. Your dentist at Rifkin Dental creates the best treatment plan for you with your help and input.

If you need help with periodontics, Rifkin Dental has expert dentists who can help. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today.