Gum Disease Therapy

Periodontal disease is a chronic bacterial gum infection that destroys the attachment fibers and supporting bone that holds your teeth in your mouth. It affects 1/3 of adults over 30 and 75% of adults over 50 years of age. Most Americans experience some form of gum disease, often without realizing it.

We have long been aware of bleeding and receding gums, tooth loss, and bad breath associated with gum disease. It is only more recent that research has associated the chronic inflammation of gum disease to many medical or systemic conditions.  Some of these include decreased immune response, and an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, pancreatic cancer, and low birth weights in children. It has also been established that the bacteria that causes periodontal disease can be transmitted to your spouse and children through kissing and sharing glasses. Here at Islip Dental Associates, Dr. Bottner and his team will thoroughly examine your gums and supporting structures each and every cleaning visit. If diagnosed, we will establish a specific soft tissue management program to treat and help control your disease.