Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection that attacks healthy gum tissue. It’s a widespread oral health problem and the leading cause of tooth loss among adults over 30. If we find that you have gum disease, we need to treat it promptly. Without treatment, the infection will continue to spread to the tissue and bone that supports your teeth, leading to bone and tooth loss.
The Problem With Gum Disease
As destructive as gum disease is to your oral health, that's not the only problem. Recent studies have revealed a connection between chronic diseases of the mouth and your overall health. The results of these studies indicate that periodontal disease can put you at increased risk for health problems like heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and pregnancy complications.
We strongly recommend preventive treatments like dental exams and cleanings because they are the most effective way to maintain excellent oral health. These basic services help us monitor the health of your teeth and stay a step ahead of problems like gum disease. However, if you do develop a periodontal infection, our effective treatment will stop gum disease in its tracks.
Swollen gums or bleeding when you brush are common indicators that you may be suffering from some form of periodontal disease. Here are a few other things to look for that may indicate the presence of gum disease:
- Chronic bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
- The feeling that your tooth are becoming loose
- Receding gums, which can cause your teeth to look longer
- A change in the way your teeth fit together
Effective Treatment to Protect Your Oral Health
Without regular preventive cleanings and dental exams, bacteria-filled plaque sits on your teeth and builds up between your teeth and gums. The gums gradually pull away from your teeth, opening up pockets. You will notice that your teeth begin to feel loose, and eventually they may be lost.
Your hygienist determines the extent of infection by measuring the depth of these periodontal pockets. Depending on our findings, our skilled hygienist may recommend a deep cleaning. This involves scaling and root planing, a process where the surface of the tooth is smoothed to allow gum tissue to heal and reattach to the tooth.
Skilled Care With a Gentle Touch
Preventive care like regular dental cleanings are so simple that there really isn’t any reason for you to ever have to deal with gum disease and all its problems. We’re committed to helping you enjoy a healthy, beautiful smile, and cleanings and exams are essential for achieving that goal.
If you would like more information about our effective gum disease treatment methods, please contact our East Brunswick dental office to schedule your next dental exam and cleaning. Whatever the current state of your oral health, we’re here to help you get the care you need.