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Gum disease is one of the most common oral health conditions in the United States and the leading cause of tooth loss. Gum disease, or periodontal disease, refers to inflammation or infection within the gums, which is the network of soft tissues that support your teeth. While gum disease is preventable and treatable in early stages, it can also produce some very serious consequences if ignored for too long, including irreversible damage to your teeth and gums as well as threats to your whole-body health.

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease is an infection of the gums that typically begins with poor oral hygiene. When bacteria and plaque are allowed to accumulate along the gum line, it can create an infection that causes the gums to pull away from the tooth roots. At this point, deep pockets of gum tissue develop, which harbors additional bacteria and infection. If left untreated, gum disease can advance enough to destroy the underlying bone and cause tooth loss.

Gum disease occurs in stages. The earliest stage is gingivitis, which is very common. According to the CDC, nearly half of all American adults suffer from gingivitis, which is also the most treatable stage of gum disease. Periodontitis is the most advanced stage and may require more invasive treatment and possible permanent damage.

Gum Disease Threatens Your Smile

Even in its earliest stages, gum disease can show physical symptoms that compromise the appearance of your smile. Minor symptoms of gingivitis include puffy, red or bleeding gums as well as bad breath. As the disease progresses, however, patients may encounter receding gums, loose teeth, pus between their teeth and even missing teeth.

Gum Disease Puts Your Overall Health at Risk?

The detriments of gum disease don’t stop in your mouth. In fact, there are some serious ramifications and risks towards your overall health. The bacteria of gum disease can enter the bloodstream and affect your heart, blood sugar and more. Gum disease continues to be linked to more and more overall health issues. The current list is quite extensive and includes the following:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Premature birth
  • Low-birth weight babies
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
  • Kidney disease
  • Asthma
  • Osteoporosis
  • Cancer

How Is Gum Disease Preventable?

Diligent and proper oral hygiene is your first and most important line of defense against gum disease. In fact, stepping up your brushing and flossing efforts can often reverse minor cases of gingivitis. Proper oral hygiene must include three components: brushing 2-3 times per day for at least 2 minutes, flossing once per day and seeing your dentist every six months for a cleaning and exam. It is rare to suffer from advanced gum disease symptoms if you are seeing your dentist twice a year and practicing strong dental hygiene at home.

If you are especially prone to gum disease or have a family history of periodontal concerns, you may be asked to schedule dental visits more frequently. Patients that use tobacco products as well as women who are pregnant are at an increased risk for gum disease.

Gum Disease Treatment From a Periodontist

Not all dentists have the specialized training in treating gum disease that a periodontist has. At Group Health Dental, we understand how prevalent and how serious gum disease is among the adult population in the United States. That’s why we’ve staffed our dental team with a skilled periodontist. Our New York office offers a full range of therapies to treat gum disease at all stages.

Many patients can regain optimal periodontal health with a deep cleaning, or scaling and root planing. This simple procedure is used to thoroughly disinfect the deep pockets of gum tissue and scale or smooth the surface of the tooth roots in order to encourage the gums to reattach. Advanced forms of gum disease may need to be treated with lasers or other more aggressive therapies.

Are your gums bleeding when you brush? Do your gums look swollen or more red than usual? Make an appointment to see one of our talented dentists at Group Health Dental. We promise a positive experience from beginning to end. Keep in mind that you are protecting your smile and your overall health when you tend to your gums!

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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