Gum disease is a widespread dental issue affecting millions of Americans. Without treatment, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss, hindering the health and appearance of your smile. At The Silverstrom Group, our talented team of dental professionals can diagnose, treat, and offer tips on the prevention of gum disease. In today’s blog, your Livingston dentists, Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom, answer a few frequently asked questions about the causes of gum disease. Common Questions About the Causes of Gum Disease Question: How do I know if I have gum disease? Answer: Patients with gum disease report a number of similar symptoms, including: Sore gums, red gums, bad breath, gums that bleed easily when brushing and flossing, loose teeth, and potentially, tooth loss. Question: What are the common causes of gum disease? Answer: A variety of factors can lead to the onset of gum disease. The use of certain medications, hormonal fluctuations, and genetic predisposition often increase the risk of gum disease. However, in most cases, poor oral hygiene remains the biggest cause of periodontal disease. Question: Can a dental cleaning help prevent gum disease? Answer: Yes. During a cleaning, our dental hygienists will remove the layers of plaque and tartar from the surface of your teeth. Plaque irritates the gum, causing inflammation. Over time, the inflammation causes the gums to pull away from the teeth, forming pockets at the gum line. Patients become at risk of gum disease when bacteria invade these pockets. A simple cleaning helps protect your smile. Question: What are other ways I can help avoid periodontal disease? Answer: Always maintain good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss once. These simple steps help cleanse the mouth of harmful bacteria and stray food particles, safeguarding your smile against gum disease. Schedule an Appointment with Your Livingston NJ General Dentists Do you exhibit the any of the common symptoms of gum disease? If so, then talk to your Livingston NJ general dentists today. Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom will diagnose the cause and severity of your periodontal disease and prescribe the 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.