Periodontitis, or gum disease, is a common infection that damages the soft tissue of the bone supporting the tooth. Without treatment, the alveolar bone around the teeth is slowly lost. The main aim of treatment is to clean out the bacteria from the pockets around the teeth using a combination of hand and ultrasonic instruments, antibiotics, and a laser.
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Gum Care Basics

If you are experiencing any of the following signs, you might have some form of periodontal disease:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Persistent bad breath (halitosis)
  • Gum pain
  • Gums that look swollen or unusually red
  • Discharge from gums
  • Loosening of teeth of any unusual change in their appearance
  • Gums that appear to separate from the teeth (receding gums)


Gingivitis is the least invasive form of periodontal disease, featuring a few symptoms such as the reddening and swelling of gums, and easy bleeding along the gum line.

Dealing with Periodontal Disease?

If you or someone you know is in need of periodontal dental service, call our office immediately!

Did you know…

…that according to the American Academy of Periodontology, systematic conditions such as smoking or diabetes can contribute to periodontal disease, and periodontal disease has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, respiratory disease, cancer, low birth weight, osteoporosis, and many other systematic conditions. During your initial and periodic visits, Dr. Ostrovsky and her hygiene team will evaluate the health of your gums and discuss the appropriate treatment with you.


Periodontitis is the most severe form of periodontal disease as it causes the loss of the supportive structure and eventually, tooth loss. Both gingivitis and periodontitis are bacterial diseases that are treated using specialized instruments that remove hardened plaque and tartar from the areas below the gum line. Using antibiotics, an antimicrobial rinse, or a laser, we can halt the disease’s progression. If more extensive treatment is needed, Dr. Ostrovsky will discuss surgical options.

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New Patients

We know that your time is valuable, which is why we offer a simplified office experience with online patient forms that you can complete prior to your appointment. This streamlines your initial visit as you will spend less time in the waiting area. Additionally, these forms help us to better understand your background and allow us to provide you the most effective care possible. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about the patient forms or your appointment.

Please note that you’ll need the latest version of Adobe Acrobat to download all patient forms.

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