Detecting Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is an inflammatory disease initiated by bacteria that can destroy the gums and bone that support the teeth. The most recent study conducted by the Center for Disease Control found that almost half of all American adults over the age of 30 suffer from periodontal disease. In its severe form, periodontitis affects 10-15% of adults. As a thin, clear film of plaque accumulates on your teeth and gums each day, it provides a protective environment in which bacteria are allowed to thrive encouraging a destructive inflammatory process.


Electric brushing, flossing, and interproximal cleaning are effective methods for controlling the plaque. Plaque that is not removed or plaque that has accumulated in hard to reach areas can impact the stability of the teeth and eventually affect your overall health.

For the sake of your dental and overall health, periodontal disease must be diagnosed and treated by a board certified periodontist. A whopping 47% of the American adult population suffers from periodontal disease, but early detection and treatment can prevent possible complications. Although it is a disease that is typically characterized by inflammation (bleeding, swelling, pain), there are many times when periodontal disease can advance swiftly and silently without your knowledge. Fortunately, our team can utilize advanced technology and years of expertise to catch periodontal disease in the earliest stages and provides customized treatment solutions.

As a result of their extensive background in Periodontology, Dr. Gottesman, Dr. Pitman, and Dr. Bogart will give you a thorough evaluation in order to uncover the cause and the extent of your periodontal disease. Our comprehensive diagnostic process includes:

  • A detailed medical history review, including nutrition, medications, vitamins, and supplements
  • A thorough discussion regarding your lifestyle habits and tendencies, such as smoking and bruxism
  • Digital x-ray imaging
  • Full periodontal probing
  • Screening for oral cancer and other diseases of the oral cavity

By considering all aspects of your medical, social, and clinical history, we are able to consider the full scope of your periodontal condition to ensure that you receive the best possible care.

Gender Differences in Oral Health

At PerioNYC, we have a keen appreciation for the relationship between your periodontal health and your overall health. The oral health needs of women demand special attention because of the unique changes that take place throughout a woman’s lifetime.

Learn more about Gender Differences in Oral Health in the Mouth -Body Connection of our website.

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