Gum or periodontal disease not only prevents you from having a great smile but it is the number one cause of tooth loss.
According to the American Heart Association there is a direct link between the severity of gum disease and the likelihood of experiencing systemic conditions such as heart attack and stroke. Other serious conditions linked with gum disease include diabetes, premature labor, and obesity among other things.
The early stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis. Gum disease usually occurs due to a lack of oral hygiene and routine preventive care. The symptoms of gingivitis are red, swollen and/or bleeding gums. These symptoms occur when routine brushing and flossing does not remove plaque that remains concealed below the gum lines. While gingivitis is a regressive disease it can be easily reversed by preventative care therapy.
If gingivitis is left untreated, deep pockets can develop beneath the gums which harbor plaque and tartar and eventually lead to the destruction of the bone around the teeth. This bone loss and gum regression is known asperiodontitis. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms then you should contact the team at our office to commence treatment:
- swollen or bleeding gums
- red, purple colour of gums
- bad breath / halitosis
- bad taste in your mouth
- teeth that are mobile
- receding gums / exposed roots
- evidence of pus or drainage around teeth.
Charming Smile Dental Jersey City has a lot of experience when it comes to successfully treating gum disease. After your initial consultation you will receive a personalized treatment plan to best meet your individual needs which may include:
- Deep gum therapy (scaling)
- Orthodontics (braces) to align teeth to prevent gum disease
- Gum surgery
- Prescription for antibiotic medications or rinses
- Hygiene instructions
- Gum maintenance appointments every 3 months
- Referral to a periodontist
Contact us today to get your gums back to their best health!