Gum disease is more common than you may think, it has been reported that 3 out of every 4 Americans have signs of mild periodontal disease or gingivitis.

There is a lot of recent research in the area of gum disease with particular concentration on the connection between oral inflammation, infection, and other major overall health problems.

Midtown Manhattan Dentist Shows Connections Between Gum Disease & Overall Health

Emerging studies link periodontal disease to other overall health problems including heart and respiratory diseases, preterm low birth weight babies, stroke, osteoporosis, and diabetes. (Source: American Academy of Periodontology)

Researchers have even claimed connections between gum disease and breast cancer, psoriasis, and even HPV.

What is Gum Disease?


Gum disease is the result of plaque buildup along the gumline, red swollen inflamed gums (also called Gingivitis) indicate the early stages of periodontal disease (gum disease). The word periodontal means “around the tooth.”

Periodontal disease attacks the gums and the bone that support the teeth.

Plaque is the sticky film of food debris, bacteria, and saliva. If plaque is not removed by your Midtown Manhattan dentist, it turns into calculus (tartar). When plaque and calculus are not removed, they begin to destroy the gums and bone.

What makes gum disease so dangerous, aside from deteriorating teeth and gums or leading to other overall health issues is the fact that most people are not even aware they have periodontitis because the disease is usually painless in the early stages.

Midtown Manhattan dentist Dr. Rastegar, invites you to visit our website for a more in-depth look into one of the most serious – but preventable – oral and overall health issues affecting Americans today; gum disease.

Asking your Midtown Manhattan dentist would be the first step in identifying if you have gum disease, but for those times when we’re all away from the dental chair there are some signs to keep in mind.

Gum disease is an oral health infection that is quickly becoming an overall health issue, rather than something limited to only our teeth and gums. Understanding the signs to look for can not only help prevent the onset and advancement gingivitis and periodontitis, but possibly more serious health concerns in the future as well.

Manhattan Dentist Shows Us How to Identify Gum Disease Warning Signs


If you detect – or if your Midtown Manhattan dentist detects – gum disease at an early stage, things can often be reversed. And although anyone can develop symptoms, adults are most likely to develop gum disease.

Here are some signs to look out for between your twice (or thrice!) annual dental visits, courtesy of

  1. Red, swollen and/or tender gums
  2. Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
  3. Receding gums
  4. Changes in your bite, or the way your teeth fit together
  5. Persistent bad breath

If you experience any of these gum disease symptoms or notice any signs described above, do yourself a favor and make an appointment with your Midtown Manhattan dentist immediately.

Gum disease can lead to more serious health issues such as stroke, heart disease, diabetes, prenatal complications, and is even thought to be connected to psoriasis and Alzheimer’s, among other serious health problems.

Midtown Manhattan Dentist Offers Gum Disease Prevention Tips


This one is easy, and costs a lot less than deep perio scaling or worse…

  • Floss at least 1x per day, brush 2x per day for 2 minutes
  • Don’t Smoke!
  • Eat a Balanced Diet
  • Cut Out the Stress
  • Don’t Grind Your Teeth

Ask your Midtown Manhattan dentist if you have any questions about gum disease or the oral systemic connection between oral health and overall health.

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In addition to testing for gum disease, Dr. Rastegar offers new patients significant savings with a $99 Dental Exam, X-Rays, & Cleaning. To schedule a consultation just call us at (212) 692-9090 & find our 10173 dentist office on Google.

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Portions of this post were republished with permission from Dental Patient News

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