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Perhaps the most rampant disease we have noticed at Professional Dental & Implant Center is gum disease, an infection of the gums. Periodontal disease affects a vast percentage of the population, but with appropriate brushing and flossing, you can defend yourself from it. Learn more about periodontal disease by reading on.

Some of the initial effects of gum disease include bloody gums and gum swelling. As gum swelling occurs, sacks of bacterial infection between the chompers and gums can harshly loosen chompers, though this happens only in advanced forms of the condition. Infected gums also recede, in a process called gingival recession, and this can make your pearly whites look taller.

Because gum disease is a bacterial infection of the gums, antibiotics are frequently prescribed to treat it, regularly as part of a post-operation healing, but sometimes during non-surgical services as well. One antimicrobial you might be prescribed in chlorhexidine, and minocycline and tetracycline are not atypical prescriptions either; your dentist will make the call on which medication is best for your one-of-a-kind situation.

Do you have any more questions about the effects of periodontal disease, or would you like to learn more? Please call (212) 579-0552 now to pencil in your next visit with Dr. Yakov Royzman & Karina Zaygermakher and the Professional Dental & Implant Center staff in New York, New York. They’ll gladly help you as you learn a little more about caring for periodontal disease with medication.