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Your Oral Health

How often do you take the time to think about your oral health?  How often do you think about the status of your gums and teeth?  How often do you consider the risks of periodontal disease?

While you might not always consider the implications of plaque and gingivitis on your overall health, Dr. Clifford Melnick, your New York periodontal expert, can give you the insight about your periodontal health.  Through this blog, the basics of periodontal health are addressed so that you have a clear understanding of the importance of regular periodontal maintenance.

Periodontics and Dr. Clifford Melnick

Dental cleanings are essential to maintaining periodontal health and can make a dramatic difference in the health of gums, tissue, and the overall health of the mouth. This treatment in-turn can decrease the patient’s risk of developing periodontitis, periodontal disease, and gum disease.  At Fifth Avenue Periodontics, periodontal cleanings are part of first step of treatment.

It takes approximately 3 months for bacterial colonies to reform and become destructive.  During a consultation, Dr. Clifford Melnick will evaluate if you should be on a 3, 4, or a 6-month interval for dental cleanings depending on your own periodontal health.  These periodontal cleanings reach below the gum line, resulting in a deep clean that can reduce the risk of pocket formation. For new patients, treatments are non-surgical to start, and then progress to surgical procedures if necessary.

Root planing removes calculus (tartar) on the tooth root where the germs gather the most.  Removing these spots can help remove the bacteria contributing to gum disease. Root scaling is the process of scraping tartar from above and below the gum line.  These processes remove tartar to keep gum disease at bay. In addition, antibiotics may be placed under the gum line for patients with early pocketing to reduce bacterial buildup underneath the gum line.

If the non-surgical procedures are not successful after a checkup a few weeks later, then Dr. Melnick will discuss possible surgical procedures that may be able to produce results.

There is virtually no pain with periodontal cleaning procedures, though Dr. Clifford Melnick might numb the area for enhanced comfort.  During a consultation, Dr. Melnick will review your periodontal health and advise you if periodontal treatments are necessary.  Our dental team’s main goal is to help you minimize your risk of tooth loss, and keep your smile as beautifully healthy as possible.

Learn More about Periodontal Care

If you are interested in learning more information about periodontal cleanings and dental care, please contact Dr. Clifford Melnick and his dental team today.  We will answer all of your questions about periodontal care and offer insight into which of our services might benefit you.

It is Dr. Melnick’s mission to help keep smiles beautiful and healthy for a lifetime.  To learn more about how you can improve the window to your overall health, contact the Melnick team today.  Periodontal care can make a dramatic difference in the health of your smile—learn more today.