Gum disease is a serious and widespread dental issue. According to the Centers for Disease Control, over 50% of adults over 30 exhibits the symptoms of gum disease. Periodontal disease threatens the appearance and stability of your smile. Thankfully, at The Silverstrom Group, we offer prevention and treatment for patients suffering from this dental problem. In today’s blog, your Livingston dentists, Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom, answer questions and explain what you can do to help prevent gum disease.


Preventing Gum Disease FAQs

Question: What is gum disease?

Answer: Gum disease is a serious dental issue that can eventually lead to tooth loss.

Question: What causes periodontal disease?

Answer: Gum disease occurs when bacteria irritates the gums, causing inflammation. Also known as gingivitis, this inflammation may eventually cause the gums to pull away from the teeth, forming pockets at the gum line. When bacteria invade these pockets, periodontal disease begins.

Question: What are the common symptoms of gum disease?

Answer: There a host of symptoms to watch for, including: sore gums, bad breath, gums that bleed easily, red gums, tooth sensitivity, toothaches, and loose teeth. If left untreated, patients may even lose a tooth.

Question: What can I do to prevent periodontitis from forming?

Answer: First, always attend your six-month cleanings with your Livingston NJ general dentists. During a cleaning, our dental hygienists will remove the layers of plaque buildup from your teeth. Plaque results from bacteria and causes the inflammation that often leads to gum disease. Second, always maintain proper dental habits. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss once. Rinse your mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash, as well. These simple steps will help cleanse your mouth of harmful bacteria and food particles, aiding in the prevention of gum disease.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Livingston NJ General Dentists

Are you experiencing any of the symptoms of gum disease? If so, talk to you Livingston NJ general dentists today. Dr. David or Gary Silverstrom can diagnose the cause and severity of your periodontal disease and provide immediate treatment. At The Silverstrom Group, we offer the latest in general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry to transform smiles. 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.