According to the Center’s for Disease Control, 50% of adults over 30 exhibit the signs of gum disease. This widespread dental disorder threatens both the health and stability of a patient’s smile. In fact, without treatment, patients may eventually suffer from tooth loss. At The Silverstrom Group, we offer the latest treatment for addressing periodontal disease. In today’s blog, your Livingston dentists, Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom, discuss the symptoms and causes of gum disease. Gum Disease Quiz 1. True or False: Poor oral hygiene may lead to gum disease. 2. True or False: There are multiple symptoms of periodontal disease. 3. True or False: A dental cleaning helps prevent gum disease. 4. True or False: Laser dentistry may be used to treat gum disease. Answer Key 1. True. When people fail to brush and floss regularly, bacteria begin to feed on stray food articles. As the bacteria multiply, the teeth become covered in a sticky substance known as plaque. This irritates the gums, leading to gingivitis. Without treatment, the gums may pull away from the teeth, forming pockets at the gum line. Once bacteria invade these pockets, the patient may begin to experience the symptoms of gum disease. 2. True. Common symptoms of gum disease include: · Sore, red gums · Gums that bleed easily · Bad breath · Loose teeth · Tooth loss 3. True. During a cleaning, our dental hygienists will remove the layers of plaque from your teeth, reducing the risk of periodontal disease. 4. True. In order to treat gum disease, your Livingston NJ general dentists may use a dental laser. The laser allows them to safely remove the infected tissue with comfort and precision. Schedule an Appointment with Your Livingston NJ General Dentists Do you exhibit the signs of gum disease? If so, talk to your Livingston NJ general dentists today. Dr. David or Gary Silverstrom will diagnose the severity of your gum issues and recommend the most appropriate treatment. 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.