Sandra Senzon R.D.H

Gum Disease

Dental Hygienist & Dentistry located in Upper East Side, New York, NY

Gum Disease

Gum disease is a serious issue that can affect more than just your dental health. Sandra Senzon R.D.H, works with patients in and around the Upper East Side of New York City, New York, to find ways to prevent and treat gum disease. Learn more during your one-on-one visit, which you can book online or by phone at your earliest convenience.

Gum Disease Q & A

What is gum disease?

Gum disease occurs when plaque and bacteria infiltrate your gum tissue, creating inflammation that damages gums and threatens dental health. Your gum tissue works to help hold teeth in position. Gums also serve as a barrier between the environment within your mouth and bloodstream.
The human mouth is filled with a multitude of bacteria, some of which are helpful and some of which are potentially harmful. A growing body of scientific evidence supports the fact that when bacteria enter your bloodstream through damaged gum tissue, they can cause widespread harm, including increasing your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other serious problems. 

What are the stages of gum disease?

Gum disease is a progressive problem, but the good news is that you can reverse the damage if you begin treatment in the early stages. 


The earliest form of gum disease, gingivitis is characterized by abnormally red and swollen gum tissue. At this point, the gums remain attached to the surface of your teeth, and boosting your dental hygiene routines can reduce the bacteria and give your gums a chance to heal. 


At this stage, gums have become so inflamed that they begin to pull away from your teeth, creating pockets where bacteria can multiply rapidly. It is not possible to effectively treat periodontitis on your own; professional intervention is required. 

Don’t let gum disease progress unchecked. This condition can cause a range of problems, including tooth loss and bone damage. 

What treatments can help with gum disease?

Having routine professional dental cleanings is the first step in treating gum disease. Cleanings remove all traces of plaque and bacteria. During your visit, you’ll also learn how to improve your own brushing and flossing techniques to support your gum health. 

If you have plaque or tartar beneath the gum line, a treatment called scaling and root planing is the right approach. Sandra uses a handheld dental tool called a scaler to manually remove plaque and tartar, including the area below your gumline. 

Root planing involves using a tool to smooth tooth roots, making it harder for plaque and tartar to adhere. After your treatment, you might experience some discomfort and soreness, but your gums respond quickly, and the healing process is short.

You can also learn more about dental health, hygiene, preventive care, and gum disease through Sandra’s full array of dental hygienist books, available for purchase. 

To learn more about treatment options for gum disease, call Sandra Senzon R.D.H, today to book a visit, or spend a few moments on the online scheduling page.