Gum Disease

Popper Dental

Periodontists & Prosthodontists located in Upper East Side, New York, NY

Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in America, and many people don’t even realize that they’re developing it until it’s already in its later stages. The team of dental experts at Popper Dental in the Upper East Side of New York City provides exceptional monitoring and treatment of gum disease, ensuring that your smile always stays healthy. To learn more, schedule a visit today by calling the office or booking an appointment online.

Gum Disease Q & A

What is gum disease?

Gum disease is a bacterial infection of your gum tissue. A buildup of plaque and tartar on your teeth that irritate your gum tissue cause it, resulting in inflammation and eventually recession of the gums away from your teeth. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss amongst adults and is a very serious condition that can lead to significant complications with your health, both oral and otherwise.

What are the symptoms of gum disease?

Some of the symptoms of gum disease are:

  • Gums that are swollen, red, or tender
  • Gums that bleed when you brush or floss
  • Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth 
  • Receding gums, or longer-looking teeth
  • A change in the way your bite fits together
  • Loose teeth

Gum disease is known as a silent killer, however, meaning that many people that have gum disease aren’t aware of their symptoms until the disease has already progressed into its more advanced stages.

The team at Popper Dental is trained to recognize the earliest signs of gum disease, and can easily spot the disease’s development during your routine cleanings, making it incredibly important for you to maintain regular checkups.

What are the stages of gum disease?

Gum disease occurs in two stages: Gingivitis and periodontitis. 


In gingivitis, the plaque and tartar on your teeth have just begun to irritate your gum tissue. In response, your gum tissue gets swollen and inflamed, and might bleed when you brush or floss. Gingivitis is entirely reversible with better at-home care and more frequent professional cleanings, but if left untreated, it develops into periodontitis.


In periodontitis, your gum tissue has become so irritated from the plaque and tartar that it begins to pull away from your teeth. This recession creates pockets between your teeth and gums that are highly susceptible to collecting bacteria and debris.

This bacteria and debris further irritate your gums, causing them to recede further and create even deeper pockets. This cycle continues until the structures holding your teeth in place have deteriorated, and your teeth fall out.

What is the treatment for gum disease?

The team of periodontal experts at Popper Dental offer a wide range of treatments for gum disease, including:

  • Scaling and root planing
  • Antibiotic treatments
  • Pocket irrigation
  • Gum surgery
  • Tooth extraction (in severe cases)

Your course of treatment depends on how advanced your gum disease is and what is best for your overall oral health.

Don’t let your gum disease get any worse. Get your oral health back in shape today by calling Popper Dental or booking an appointment online.