Would you recognize the symptoms of gum disease? According to the Centers for Disease Control, over half of American adults over the age of 30 have periodontal disease. That means currently over 64.7 million people in the United States are suffering from this serious medical disorder. Many people don’t realize that preventing gum disease is possible. In today’s blog, your Livingston dentists, Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom, explain how you can prevent gum disease and ensure good dental health.
Causes and Symptoms of Gum Disease
Typically, gum disease begins with gingivitis. Also known as gum inflammation, gingivitis occurs when bacteria causes plaque buildup. Over time, the bacteria in the plaque buildup inflames the gums, If left untreated, the gums pull away from the teeth, forming pockets at the gum line. Bacteria invade these pockets, leading to the onset of gum disease. In addition to plaque, various other factors can lead to gum disease, such as:
· Hormonal changes
· Genetic predisposition
· Certain medications
· Poor oral hygiene
· Illness that affect the immune system
Common symptoms of gum disease include:
· Tender gums
· Red gums
· Gums that bleed easily
· Loose teeth
· Chronic bad breath
Gum Disease Prevention
How do you prevent such a widespread disorder? Since bacteria-related plaque buildup is often the culprit, patients should maintain good oral hygiene in order to fight bacteria. The bacteria in your mouth often spread and multiply after feeding on food particles. Brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and rinsing with antibacterial mouthwash help cleanse your mouth of bacteria and food particles. Patients should also attend regular checkups and cleanings at The Silverstrom Group. Checkups allow you Livingston general dentists to watch for the warning signs of gum disease, and prescribe immediate treatment. Cleanings enable our dedicated dental hygienists to remove the plaque buildup that causes gum inflammation.
Schedule an Appointment with Your Livingston General Dentists
Are you exhibiting the common symptoms of gum disease, such as sore or red gums? Then contact your Livingston general dentists today. Schedule a consultation with your Dr. David or Gary Silverstrom today for a diagnosis and to discuss your treatment options for gum disease. 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.