Did you know that over 50% of adults in the United States suffer from gum disease? According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control, almost 65 million Americans exhibit the symptoms of mild to severe gum disease, also known as periodontitis. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to help prevent the onset of this serious dental disorder. In today’s blog, your Livingston dentists, Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom, explain the causes of gum disease and recommend treatment options.


What is Gum Disease?

The presence of bacteria in our mouths often leads to plaque buildup. Over time, plaque irritates the gums, leading to gingivitis. If left untreated, the gums may eventually pull away from the teeth, forming pockets at the gum line. Once bacteria invade these pockets, a patient may develop gum disease.

Symptoms and Causes of Gum Disease

Periodontal disease threatens the stability of a person’s smile. Eventually, a severe case of periodontitis can lead to tooth loss. Other symptoms of gum disease include:

·      Sore gums

·      Red gums

·      Gums that bleed easily

·      Bad breath

·      Loose teeth

There are a number of risk factors for gum disease, such as:

·      Poor oral hygiene

·      Smoking

·      Age, older people experience a higher risk

·      The use of certain medications

·      Genetic predisposition

Treating and Preventing Gum Disease

If you exhibit the signs of gum disease, yourLivingston NJ general dentists may use ultrasonic scaling and laser dentistry to remove the infected tissue. In order to help prevent gum disease, patients should practice preventive measures, including:

·      Attend cleanings every six months

·      Brushing twice a day

·      Flossing once a day

·      Rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash

Schedule an Appointment with Your Livingston NJ General Dentists

Do you suffer from one or more symptoms of periodontal disease? Then talk to your Livingston NJ general dentists today. Drs. David and Gary Silverstrom will perform a diagnosis and recommend treatment to address gum disease and return your smile to optimal function and beauty. At The Silverstrom Group, we offer the latest in general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry to transform the health and beauty of our patients’ 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.