Nearly half of American adults have moderate to severe gum disease, but thankfully, most cases are reversible with treatment and good oral hygiene. At The Dental Way in Bergenfield, New Jersey, the skilled team of dentists regularly treat inflamed, receding, and otherwise unhealthy gums. To find out more, call or use the online booking tool today and set up an appointment.
Your gums are the soft tissue that holds your teeth in place. The health of your gums is crucial to your oral health, and your overall health, as gum disease may increase your chance of developing heart disease and respiratory infections.
Healthy gums are firm and pink. Signs and symptoms of gum disease, or periodontal disease, include:
If left untreated for too long, gum disease can progress and threaten the health and function of your teeth. In severe cases, gum disease can lead to decay and even tooth loss.
There are certain risk factors that can increase your chances of developing gum disease, including:
However, the most common cause of gum disease is poor oral hygiene habits. If you aren’t brushing and flossing regularly with proper form, your gums are at risk.
Bad oral hygiene practices allow bacteria to build up between your teeth and along your gum line. When bacteria in plaque accumulates in and around your gums, it hardens and turns into tartar, which causes infection and other problems.
Once the situation is too far gone, even diligent brushing and flossing can’t help get rid of deeply rooted plaque and tartar. At that point, only professional help from the team at The Dental Way can help.
First, your dentist evaluates the health of your gums and assesses the severity of your condition. This evaluation involves examining inflammation, measuring pockets around your teeth for signs of recession, and discussing your medical history.
The main goal in treating gum disease is controlling the infection. Typically, your dentist performs a deep cleaning called scaling and root planing to remove plaque and tartar buildup. This professional cleaning gets rid of infection-causing bacteria and helps reverse the signs of gum disease.
In some cases, depending on how serious your gum disease is, you may need to come in for multiple visits for scaling and root planing, a deep cleaning below the gum line. Your treatment may be supplemented with lifestyle modification recommendations, such as quitting smoking or diet improvements.
To learn more about treating gum disease, call or use the online booking tool today and schedule your next visit.