Gum Disease and Tooth Loss the Connection


If gum disease has plagued you on and off your entire life, you will already know about root planing and scaling. If you haven’t, root planing and scaling is a deep cleaning procedure done by a dentist or dental hygienist to clean your gums, teeth and the roots of your teeth.

Gum disease plagues millions of people all over the United States. In fact, gingivitis, and the more serious periodontal disease is at the top of the list when it comes to tooth loss. If left periodontitis is left untreated, you will lose your teeth.

The number one cause of gum disease is poor oral hygiene. If you have bleeding, swollen or red gums, you probably aren’t brushing and flossing correctly. Ask your East Greenbush Dentist for some oral hygiene tips. If you aren’t brushing with a soft bristled brush or don’t floss every day, you probably suffer from gingivitis or the more serious periodontal disease.


The earliest type of gum disease, this preventable disease must be diagnosed in the early stages to prevent further gum and tooth damage.

Common gingivitis symptoms include:

  • Bad breath
  • Puffy or swollen gums
  • Bleeding gums

If you don’t see your dentist, gingivitis will lead to periodontal disease.

Periodontal Disease

Ignoring the symptoms of gingivitis could get worse progressing to periodontal disease.

Common symptoms of Periodontal Disease include:

  • Pain when you chew
  • Hot and cold sensitivity
  • Receding gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Gums and teeth are separating
  • Tooth loss

Only your East Greenbush Dentist Dr. J. Craig Alexander can determine if you have gum disease and to what degree.

Root Scaling and Planing is the best way to heal your gums if you are suffering from gum disease. Dr. Alexander and his team of East Greenbush Dental Center will make sure you are on road to healthy, pink, and vibrant gums after a professional teeth cleaning. Call or click for a dental appointment today.

Gum disease can be cured if you catch it quickly enough.

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