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In most cases, dental cavities and gum disease go together. But despite what you may believe, that doesn’t always have to be the case. From time to time patients have gum disease without any cavities, so don’t believe you’re home free just since you don’t have any cavities. Keep reading to discover why cavities and periodontal disease don’t always go together.

Often, when a patient has gum disease, bacteria have been chomping away at their teeth for a long time. As the teeth are left exposed to acids, the enamel layer of the teeth is worn away and cavities begin to grow. However, if a patient is only in the beginning stages of periodontal disease, the bacterial acids may not have broken through the enamel. In these patients, the gums are swollen and tender but there are no cavities subsequent from gum disease. To foil periodontal disease and cavities, ensure that you’re brushing and flossing your teeth at least daily to get rid of any food remnants left as debris following meals. And don’t forget to visit your friends at Hudson Valley Periodontics and Implantology often for cleanings!

If you’d like to pencil in an appointment, dial 845-623-6666 to talk to the Hudson Valley Periodontics and Implantology team about seeing Dr. Sid Tucker in Bardonia, New York.