Gum Disease

Cosmetic Dentists & General Dentists located in Tarrytown, NY

Gum Disease

Nearly half of American adults have gum disease by age 30, making it one of the most common oral health concerns in the U.S. With decades of dental experience, Michael Molnar, DDS, prioritizes prevention and early intervention at his boutique office in Tarrytown, New York. Dr. Molnar and his dedicated team invest in noninvasive preventive treatments and laser technology to ensure patients receive the quality care they deserve. To learn more, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Gum Disease Q & A

What is gum disease?

Gum disease is an inflammatory condition that develops when plaque infects your gums. Plaque is a sticky bacteria clinging to teeth, gums, and tooth-supporting structures. When it builds on the gums, it releases toxins that eat away at the tissue. Plaque that travels beneath the gum line can become trapped, causing your gums to lose their hold on your teeth.

Two main types of gum disease can weaken your oral health:


An early form of gum disease, gingivitis causes inflammation and redness. Your gums may bleed when you brush your teeth, but your teeth are still firmly intact at this stage. With proper treatment, the effects of gingivitis are reversible.


Periodontitis happens when gingivitis advances, and plaque festers beneath the gum line. This disease can lead to serious dental issues, including tooth loss. While periodontitis isn’t reversible, it is treatable. Early intervention is essential to ensure your oral health remains in good condition.

What are the warning signs of gum disease?

The warning signs of gum disease can vary depending on the severity of the condition. Common symptoms to watch out for include:

  • Red, swollen, tender gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Receding gums 
  • Halitosis (bad breath)
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Changes in how your teeth fit together
  • Visible pus between your teeth and gums

If you have missing teeth, gum disease can change how your dentures fit, causing them to shift and loosen in your mouth.

Who is prone to gum disease?

While anybody can get gum disease, some people are at an increased risk. Common causes of gum disease include:

  • Smoking
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Diabetes
  • Pregnancy
  • Menopause
  • Certain medications
  • Genetics

If you have a genetic predisposition or underlying medical condition that raises your risk of gum disease, Dr. Molnar works with you to develop a comprehensive prevention plan.

What are the best treatments for gum disease?

Prevention is the best way to protect yourself against gum disease. If you have gingivitis, Dr. Molnar may recommend visiting for more frequent teeth cleanings to remove plaque and tartar from your gum line.

Dr. Molnar also offers gum disease treatment with the BioLase® Waterlase laser. This innovative device eliminates bacteria while simultaneously cooling and moisturizing the surrounding tissues for minimal discomfort and fast healing.

Don’t wait to seek treatment for gum disease. Call Michael Molnar, DDS, or schedule an appointment online to receive individualized care.