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Did you know that nearly half of the American population suffer from gum disease each year? While it is easy to focus on your teeth when it comes to your oral health, your gums should never get ignored. These soft tissues not only provide the framework for your smile, but their health can also impact the health of your entire body. Untreated periodontal disease is associated with tooth loss as well as stroke, diabetes, heart disease and premature birth.

Now that you understand the seriousness of your gum health, it is important to know when your gums are showing signs of irritation, infection or disease. An evaluation of your gum health is always performed at your routine dental visit. However, you can learn how to detect gum disease at home too.

Here are some common warning signs that your gums need attention:

  • Bleeding gums that regularly occur during or after brushing
  • Gum discoloration (Healthy gums are pink not red)
  • Tender gums
  • Gums receding or pulling away from the teeth
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Loose teeth that are not caused by impact or other force

How Do the Gums Become Infected?

Gum disease is essentially an infection within the gums. It begins when plaque and food debris are not cleaned from your teeth and gum line. These particles irritate the gums and cause the gums to become red, swollen and tender. Once bacteria sets in, the gums become infected and the infection can cause the gums to pull away from the tooth roots and even destroy the underlying bone that hold your teeth in place. Since gum disease begins with oral bacteria and plaque, the importance of proper brushing and flossing habits become obvious in preventing this oral infection.

Gingivitis vs. Periodontitis

If you have been told you have gum disease, it is critical that you know which stage of periodontal disease is present. Gum disease begins as gingivitis, where it is at the most mild and treatable stage. If allowed to progress, gingivitis can become periodontitis, which is a much more advanced stage of periodontal disease that warrants more aggressive treatment. In advanced stages of periodontitis, patients are often at risk for tooth loss and threats to their overall health. While periodontitis often progresses slowly, rapid advancement of this disease can occur.

Who is at Risk?

Are you prone to gum disease? There are some common risk factors that make some patients more susceptible to gum disease than others. First and foremost, if you don’t value the importance of daily brushing and flossing, you are at an increased risk for gum disease, decay and many other oral health problems that originate with plaque formation. Other risk factors for gum disease include diabetes, certain medications, tobacco, poor diet, and genetic predisposition.

Treating Gum Disease

Like many other health conditions, early treatment is always best with gum disease. If you recognize the early signs of gingivitis, you may be able to eliminate gum disease with better brushing and flossing habits at home. Other patients may need to schedule a professional dental cleaning or deep cleaning (scaling and root planing) to eradicate bacteria that is lingering and festering underneath the gum line.

If you have advanced gum disease, or periodontitis, you may need more aggressive intervention. This may include laser gum treatment or oral surgery. Fortunately, at Group Health Dental, we have an on-staff periodontist. Having a dentist who specializes in gum disease treatment allows us to provide the most effective therapy options available. We realize the severity of gum disease as it pertains to both your smile and your body, so we make it a priority to provide the best treatment approach possible.

Schedule Your Appointment with a Periodontist

Do you have bleeding, puffy or red gums? Don’t ignore it. Schedule your routine cleaning or periodontist consultation today at Group Health Dental in New York. We promise to keep you safe, comfortable and informed at every step of your visit!

Posted on behalf of Group Health Dental

230 W 41st St, Second Floor
New York, NY 10036

Phone: (212) 398-9690


Monday - Friday - 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM


Our Patient Reviews

Group Health Dental

4.7 / 5.0

Based on 67 reviews

Karlee L.

VERY PLEASANT AND LOOKING FORWARD TO MY NEXT VISIT! This dental office was bright and warm from the moment I walked in. The young ladies there were friendly and very pleasant. They offered me a choice of beverage while explaining the online form enrollment process. My xray technician was very pleasant and went through a set of 18(!) x-rays using this new low-radiation equipment. It was a very painless process that went very quickly considering what it would normally take using the old way of taking individual bite-wings. Dr. Vazquez was also very pleasant as she patiently explained her observations of my x-rays.Afterward I sat down for my cleaning with Marcielle (spelling ?) - who was another round of pleasant service as she cleaned and polished my teeth. NO PAIN AT ALL! :) This office has a happy bright orange color theme which immediately adds to the very comforting and cheerful ambiance all around. All I can say is I highly recommend the staff here - they are so ready to deliver service with a smile!

Anita P.

When I stepped foot into the door at this dental office I was terrified because of my previous experiences in other dental offices. I had no choice but to come and get my teeth fixed so I made an appointment. I was warmly welcomed at the front desk and when I told the front desk how terrified I was of being there it was amazing how nice and supportive the ladies were. When I went in for x-rays the technician was amazing as she spoke to me and made me smile. The hygienist was amazing as she had to work hard to clean my teeth and she made me feel so comfortable and I had literally no fear what s ever. My fear was gone. As I saw the dentist I was amazed at her knowledge and he comfort and patience as she worked on me and advised me as to what I needed. I love this place and my fear of dentists is actually gone to the point that I already made two appointments for the rest of the work to be done. Thank you so much for making me feel so comfortable and part of your family as I was surrounded with people who actually cared about me and my feelings and who made me feel better. Thank you soooooooo much.

Olivia L.

Wow just started about 2 weeks ago and I must tell you that my experience was pleasant. I know how could this be possible. They were professional and attentive. The wait time is so short I could not believe it. They are knowledgeable and really work with you and your situation. Not looking to make that buck like so many others I have been to. I felt comfortable which has never been the case. The place is clean and covers a lot of dental work under one roof. I must say it is the best place I have been in years. They get my vote and I will be returning to continue my needed work !!

Dalit A.

I had an appointment with Dr. Concencion and got feedback on why I was there, which was for my concern about a tooth that had trauma to it years ago. I got a full exam that included full mouth x-rays and a cleaning. The receptionists, x-ray technician, dental hygienist, and dentist were all very friendly and pleasant to be around. It was really the most welcoming and comforting experience I've ever had at a dentist's office. I found it a little strange that I have to schedule a consultation with the endodontist to discuss my tooth that I am concerned about, but then again I don't know much about these things and actually do trust that they were being genuine about the medical advice I was given (which is usually not my feeling as a new patient at a dentist's office).


I first went to Group Health Dental at the beginning of 2015 for a root canal. My original dentist wanted to only do certain procedures because he didn't feel it was worth it financially since I have union coverage. He actually told me this to my face. He left me in tremendous pain and I even had to demand antibiotics. I was referred to Group Health by someone else but they were not able to help me because I was too swollen and they did not have an oral surgeon. I went elsewhere to have the tooth extracted since the infection was too severe for the tooth to be saved. Months later, I still needed work since I since never went back to the original dentist. I decided to take a chance with Group Health Dental and I am so glad I did. I walked in the door terrified from my experiences elsewhere but EVERYONE, from the young ladies at reception, the dental hygenist, exray technician, root canal specialist, dentist, his assistant and even the young ladies taking your payment made it an amazing experience for me. Pleasant, caring, gentle and professional people in a clean and pleasing atmosphere. I purposefully waited until all the work was done and waited an additional week to make sure the new work wasn't bothering me to write this review. If I could give them ten stars, I would. Group Health Dental rocks!!! :-) :-) :-)

Romairy L.

I was one of those people that dreaded going to the dentist, but after I started going to Group Health Dental in Midtown, I met Dr. Benito and everything changed. Now I am one of those people who actually looks forward to her dentist appointments. He and his assistant have rake in the street which causes both of them to always be in a great mood and they always are happy to see you. He always makes me laugh, and I mean always. Dr. Bonito and Esmira ( his assistant) are wonderful. they always make sure you're completely satisfied with their work, they're very attentive and always make time to see you when you have an emergency or need to speak with them. Now going to the dentist is one of those things that I post about on Facebook because I always come back with a new story or a new joke to tell after my visit to Dr. Benito and Esmira. If you want to have a dentist that feels more like visiting a friend than getting work done, you need to try Dr. Benito. #mydentistisbetterthanyours!!!

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