Gentle Dentistry 173 Terrace Street, Haworth, NJ 07641 (201) 384-1611



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By Gentle Dentistry, P.A.
August 29, 2019
Category: Oral Health

Do you have periodontal disease? Almost half of Americans over the age of 30 do, says the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). At Gentle Dentistry in Haworth, your four specialist dentists and their team watch for signs of gum problems. If discovered, your gums can return to normal with help from Gentle Dentistry.

What is periodontal disease?

Gum inflammation and infection literally destroy soft oral tissues and the bone which supports your teeth. This prevalent oral health problem originates in accumulated plaque and tartar. A carbohydrate-laden diet, along with poor oral hygiene, usually creates the problem. Smoking, excessive alcohol, hereditary factors, and a weakened immune system compound gum disease.

It starts as mild gingivitis, but when undetected and unaddressed, this disease progresses to periodontitis. As such, your Haworth dentist urges you to watch your gums for signs of this potentially devastating condition. Preventive care at home and in the office keeps gum tissue clean, checks for symptoms and intervenes if problems do arise.

Signs of gum disease

Your Haworth dentist checks for gum disease with every teen and adult dental examination at Gentle Dentistry. Signs include:

  • Loose teeth
  • Bleeding when you eat, brush, or floss
  • Pus in pockets between your teeth and gums
  • Changes in dental bite
  • Loose dentures
  • Bad breath
  • Reddened, swollen gums
  • Sores and pimples on the gums
  • Dental sensitivity
  • Pain when you bite and chew

Additionally, your dentist measures periodontal pockets. These spaces between teeth and gums deepen when infected and inflamed. If yours measure deeper than three millimeters, you have periodontal disease and require treatment.

Treating gum disease

Mild gingivitis responds well to twice-daily brushing and once-daily flossing at home. Add a thorough in-office cleaning at Gentle Dentistry, and you likely have fully restored gum tissue.

However, more advanced cases require a deeper cleaning and something called root planing which smooths tooth surfaces below the gum line. Additionally, your Haworth dentist offers gum grafting to cover exposed tooth roots. Laser gum services use a handheld, light-intensive instrument to debride and seal infected gum tissue so it heals well.

Prevention is key

Here are tips to keep your gums healthy, pink, and doing their job: supporting and nourishing your smile. Your dentist recommends:

  • Daily brushing and flossing as the American Dental Association (ADA) advises
  • A low-sugar diet
  • Consuming several servings of fruits and vegetables every day
  • Getting semi-annual examinations and cleanings at Gentle Dentistry (or more often as your dentist recommends)
  • Quitting cigarettes and smokeless tobacco
  • Cutting down on alcohol

Come see us

At Gentle Dentistry in Haworth, NJ, your professional team wants you to know the signs of periodontal disease. When you come in for your exam and cleaning, ask for more information on this all-too-common oral health condition. Or, if you are concerned about your gums, call us right away for an appointment: (201) 384-1611.