Taking great care of your teeth and gums will support a lifetime of solid dental health. Residents in and around Riverdale, New York, in the New York City borough of the Bronx, can rely on Sheldon Kupferman, DDS, of Riverdale Dental Arts for excellent dental health services. If you’re overdue for a dental exam, call the office today to book a visit, or schedule using the easy online booking tool.
An expansive body of research supports the theory that dental health is directly connected to your overall health. This makes sense when you think about the fact that your gums serve as a barrier between the bacteria within your mouth and the interior of your body.
When gum disease or advanced decay allows bacteria to enter the bloodstream, it can travel throughout your system, causing widespread health issues. While no amount of oral hygiene can completely eradicate all potentially harmful bacteria in your mouth, the best proactive measure is keeping teeth and gums healthy and strong.
When you come in for a dental exam, the initial part of your visit is a discussion about any changes you’ve noticed since your last visit. You’ll have an opportunity to ask questions and learn how to boost your at-home oral hygiene routine.
Dr. Kupferman then performs a comprehensive examination, checking for signs of tooth decay or gum disease. An oral cancer check is also part of the process, which is an essential step in detecting cancer in the earliest possible stages.
X-ray or digital imaging may be needed to learn more about your teeth and bone tissue. Those images are added to your permanent dental record. A professional teeth cleaning wraps up your visit.
If you need a filling or other restorative care, Dr. Kupferman can discuss scheduling and the next steps. This is also a great time to learn more about cosmetic treatments like dental veneers, crowns, or dental implants.
During the earliest stage of gum disease, called gingivitis, you may notice that your gums are slightly swollen, red, and tender. You may notice bleeding when you brush or floss.
At this stage, gum disease can often be treated by coming in for a professional teeth cleaning and then improving your daily brushing and flossing habits. Gum tissue heals very fast, and improved dental hygiene can usually resolve early gum disease.
Once gingivitis develops into periodontitis, you’ll need to see Dr. Kupferman for treatment. At this stage your gums have begun to pull away from your teeth, creating small “pockets” where bacteria thrive.
Don’t ignore signs of gum disease. Routine dental visits can help you detect problems in the earliest possible stages when treatment is most effective. Book your visit online or by phone today.