Gum disease affects millions of people in the U.S., and many won’t know they have it until significant damage and even tooth loss occurs. At his Staten Island, NY, practice, Dr. Michael Shakin uses state-of-the-art techniques to diagnose, treat and even prevent gum disease to help patients avoid serious problems.
Gum disease (or periodontal disease) is caused by bacteria that hide in sticky deposits of plaque and hard tartar that form along the gum lines. These bacteria cling to the tooth surfaces, and as they multiply, they release toxins that irritate the gums, causing the gums to move away from the tooth surfaces. As the gums pull away, they expose more of the lower portion of the tooth, making it more vulnerable to bacterial invasion. This process continues until the bacteria finally reach the root pockets and the root itself. This advanced stage of gum disease is also called periodontitis.
In the earliest stages of the disease (called gingivitis), gum disease often causes no symptoms. Regular cleanings are so important for identifying and treating the disease before it causes more serious problems. As gum disease progresses, it causes symptoms like:
Gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss among men and women in the U.S.
In its early stages, gum disease often can be treated by having teeth cleanings on a more frequent basis to prevent tartar and plaque from building up along the gums and to provide the gums with a chance to reattach to the tooth surfaces. As the disease progresses, it requires more intensive, deep cleaning procedures called root planing and scaling. These procedures use special tools to reach below the gums to remove bacteria, tartar and plaque, and to smooth the root surface so bacteria can’t cling to the tooth. Antibiotics can also be used to destroy hard-to-reach bacteria.
Brushing and flossing regularly, using the proper technique of course, are very important to prevent the buildup of plaque and tartar that harbor harmful bacteria. It’s also important to avoid sugary foods since bacteria also thrive on sweets. And of course, having dental cleanings every six months is also important for getting rid of plaque and tartar that do form.
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"As usual, I was taken in within two minutes to be seen by the Dental Hygenist and then Dr. Shaikin. The Dental Assistant was very friendly and escorted me."
"My last visit with Dr. Shakin was fantastic. Everyone in the office is nice and it is always a pleasant experience."
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"My husband and I have been patients of Dr. Shakin since he opened his practice on Staten Island in the 1980s. We live 30 miles away in NJ and continue to see Dr. Shakin"
"I have gone to Dr. Michael Shakin for over 15 years. He is professional, gentle and caring. If there is a problem he always makes himself available to see you..."
"Like most of us, before finding Dr. Shakin, I had never met a dentist that I didn't dread seeing. That was over 10 years ago."
"I came to this doctor about 8 years ago. Very professional and a person with integrity. I can trust this doctor."
"This dentist and his staff have been my dentist for over 20 years - I love them, they are caring and gentle - wouldn't change for anything in the world."
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"The office is clean, the staff are true professionals and I've been going to Dr Shakin for over 30yrs. I have my whole family going to him."
"Excellent care, as always. Dr. Shakin explains every procedure: pros and cons. He is gentle but thorough in treatment."