Gum disease is a serious and widespread dental issue. According to the Centers for Disease Control, over half of US adults exhibit the signs of periodontal disease. Without treatment, gum disease may eventually lead to tooth loss. At The Silverstrom Group, we offer treatment and preventive techniques for addressing gum disease. In today’s blog, your Livingston dentists, Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom, answer questions about preventing, treating, and identifying periodontal disease.

Frequently Asked Questions About Gum Disease

Question: What causes gum disease?
Answer: A variety of factors can lead to gum disease, including hormonal changes, medication, illness, and poor oral hygiene. The issue begins when the gums pull away from the teeth, forming pockets at the gum line. Once bacteria invade these pockets, gum disease forms.
Question: How do I know if I suffer from periodontal disease?
Answer: Symptoms of gum disease include: Toothaches, tooth sensitivity, sore and bleeding gums, red gums, bad breath, and loose teeth.
Question: How can I prevent gum disease?
Answer: Maintain good oral hygiene. Always brush your teeth twice a day and floss once. These helps prevent plaque buildup, which inflames the gums and increases the risk of periodontal disease. Always attend routine cleanings as well, which allow our hygienists to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth, brightening your smile and reducing the risk of gum disease.
Question: What treatment options do my Livingston NJ general dentists offer for gum disease?
Answer: First, using an ultrasonic scaler, Dr. David or Gary Silverstrom will remove the infected tissue. For advanced cases, you may require minor oral surgery using a dental laser. This safe and comfortable procedure allows your Livingston dentists to remove infected tissue in advanced cases of gum disease.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Livingston NJ General Dentists

Do you suffer from the uncomfortable symptoms of gum disease? Then talk to your Livingston NJ general dentists today. Dr. David Silverstrom or Dr. Gary Silverstrom will diagnose and treat your gum issues, improving the health and beauty of your smile. Contact The Silverstrom Group in Livingston, New Jersey by calling (973) 797-9345. The Silverstrom Group is located at 580 South Livingston Avenue, Livingston, New Jersey.