According to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control, over half of American adults exhibit the symptoms of gum disease. This widespread and serious dental issue hinders the appearance, health, and stability of your smile. At The Silverstrom Dental Group, your Livingston dentists, Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom, can diagnose gum disease and even offer tips for preventing periodontitis. The Symptoms and Causes of Gum Disease A variety of factors can cause a person to become susceptible to gum disease, including: · Poor oral hygiene · Hormonal fluctuations · The use of certain medications · Certain medical conditions, such as diabetes or leukemia · Family history of periodontal disease · The use of tobacco products Gum disease begins as inflammation in the gums. Over time, patients begin to experience a number of painful symptoms related to the gums, such as: · Sore, red gums · Gums that bleed easily · Bad breath · Loose teeth Without treatment, patients may eventually succumb to tooth loss. To protect and preserve your smile, you should take steps to reduce your risk of gum disease. Periodontal Disease Prevention Your Livingston dentists can prescribe a number of preventive measures for avoiding the onset of periodontal disease. First, always practice good dental habits. You should brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once. You should also stop smoking or using other tobacco products. In addition, you should attend a dental cleaning once every six months. During a cleaning, our dental hygienists will remove the layers of plaque from your teeth. Plaque buildup causes inflammation that often leads to gum disease. By taking a handful of preventive actions, you can help decrease your risk of gum disease Treating Gum Disease For patients with gum disease, yourLivingston dentists offer treatment. Deep cleaning using an ultrasonic scaler can address the symptoms of gum disease. Dr. David or Gary Silverstrom may also use a dental laser to safely and comfortably remove infected gum tissue. About Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom: The Silverstrom Dental Group provides the latest in comprehensive dental care for patients in Livingston, NJ and surrounding communities. To schedule an appointment, call (973) 797-9345.