Why is Early Detection of Gum Disease Important?

Early detection is crucial for effectively managing gum disease. When caught in its initial stages, gum disease is easier to treat and less likely to lead to severe complications like tooth loss and systemic health issues such as heart disease. Your Westchester dentist, Dr. Brisman, uses advanced technology to diagnose gum disease in its earliest stages, providing you with the best chance for successful treatment.

Signs You May Need Periodontal Care in Westchester

  • Red, swollen, or tender gums
  • Bleeding while brushing or flossing
  • Receding gums
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Red, swollen, or tender gums
  • Bleeding while brushing or flossing
  • Receding gums
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Loose or shifting teeth

If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s essential to consult a Westchester dentist for periodontal care as soon as possible.

Causes of Gum Disease

Gum disease can be caused by various factors, including poor oral hygiene, smoking, and underlying health conditions like diabetes. Understanding the causes can help you take preventive measures to maintain optimal gum health.

Our Periodontal Services

We offer a range of tailored periodontal treatments, such as:

  • Scaling and Root Planing: This deep-cleaning procedure removes plaque and tartar from below the gumline and smooths the roots of your teeth to encourage gum reattachment.
  • Gum Grafts: For patients with receding gums, a gum graft can restore a healthy gumline and protect exposed tooth roots.

While Dr. Brisman can handle early stages of gum disease at our Westchester location, more advanced cases may be referred to our specialized periodontist at our Scarsdale location.

Advanced Technology for Effective Treatment

We utilize cutting-edge dental technology to offer minimally invasive and highly effective periodontal treatments. Our state-of-the-art equipment allows for unparalleled accuracy in diagnosing and treating gum disease in Westchester.

Patient Education and Preventive Measures

Education is a cornerstone of our practice. Dr. Brisman and his team will guide you through preventive measures you can take at home, including proper brushing and flossing techniques and lifestyle changes that can significantly impact your gum health.

Schedule Your Periodontal Assessment Today

Don’t let minor gum issues escalate into major health problems. Schedule your comprehensive periodontal assessment at Chappaqua Dentistry today. Call us at (914) 238-8200 or fill out our online contact form. Experience the exceptional care provided by Dr. Brisman and his team and safeguard your oral health today.


The common signs and symptoms of gum disease include red, swollen, or tender gums; bleeding while brushing or flossing; receding gums; persistent bad breath; and loose or shifting teeth. These symptoms are crucial indicators that you may need periodontal care.

Gum disease is diagnosed through a comprehensive dental examination by your dentist or periodontist. Dr. Brisman uses advanced technology to detect gum disease in its earliest stages. The diagnosis process typically involves measuring the depth of the spaces between your gums and teeth (periodontal pockets), dental X-rays to check for bone loss, and a review of your dental and medical history to identify any contributing factors.

Preventing gum disease involves maintaining a rigorous oral hygiene routine and lifestyle changes supporting overall dental health. Here are specific steps you can take to prevent gum disease and maintain good gum health at home:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, ensuring you clean all surfaces of your teeth thoroughly.
  • Floss daily to remove plaque and food particles between your teeth and under the gumline, where your toothbrush can’t reach.
  • Use an antimicrobial mouthwash to help reduce bacteria that cause plaque and gum disease.
  • Quit smoking, as smoking is a significant risk factor for gum disease.
  • Eat a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals to support gum health.
  • Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and check-ups to remove tartar, check for signs of gum disease, and adjust your dental care plan as needed.

Ongoing periodontal maintenance and follow-up care are essential for several reasons:

  • Prevents recurrence: Gum disease can recur if preventive measures are not followed. Regular follow-up visits allow for early detection and management of any signs of recurrence.
  • Monitors healing: After periodontal treatment, it’s important to ensure the gums are healing properly and that the treatment has been effective. Follow-up care provides an opportunity to monitor healing and make any necessary adjustments to your treatment plan.
  • Maintains oral health: Ongoing maintenance is key to keeping your gums and teeth healthy. It includes regular professional cleanings that are more thorough than standard cleanings and tailored to patients with a history of gum disease.
  • Educates and adjusts: As part of ongoing care, Dr. Brisman and his team will continue to educate you on the best home care practices and make adjustments as needed based on the latest research and your oral health status.