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How to Recognize the Signs of Periodontal Disease in Florham Park

June 4, 2018

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_carollo @ 10:05 pm

A picture of a patient’s gums.While gum disease is the most common cause of tooth loss in the world, it doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily difficult to avoid. In fact, preventing gum disease is a relatively simple process. However, an overwhelming number of Americans suffer from some level of the condition daily. When it comes to periodontal disease in Florham Park, there is no exception.

That’s why your dentist has prepared a symptom checklist to help you catch the early signs before it causes permanent damage.

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease, (or gum disease) occurs when bacteria in plaque builds up in between the gums and teeth. As this bacteria grows, the gums holding in teeth become inflamed over time. Plaque is a sticky, colorless film that forms when bacteria releases acids in your mouth. These acids appear when bacteria consume the sugars and starches in the foods you eat.

Unlike gingivitis, periodontal disease is not reversible. If you notice small amounts of blood from flossing, it’s considered normal if you haven’t flossed for an extended period of time. Gingivitis can easily be reversed by making improvements to your at-home oral care routine. However, if you notice any of the symptoms in our checklist, it’s a sign that gum disease is present.

The Periodontal Disease Symptom Checklist

Gum disease is often referred as the “silent killer” due to it’s lack of symptoms in the early stages. It’s hard to see or feel, which is why your dentist always emphasizes the importance of daily oral care. If you experience any of the following symptoms, you’ll need to visit your dentist right away for treatment.

  • Red, swollen, or tender gums
  • Persistent bad breath, even after brushing
  • Bleeding while brushing, flossing, or chewing tough foods
  • Loose or separating teeth
  • Receding gums or gums that pull away from teeth, making them appear longer
  • Mouth sores
  • Pus between the gums and teeth
  • A change in the way your teeth fit when biting
  • A change in the way your partial dentures fit

How to Prevent Periodontal Disease

By staying committed to these steps, you can prevent periodontal disease before it appears. They include:

  • Brushing and Flossing Daily – Brushing twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste twice a day for at least two minutes will remove plaque and prevent inflammation. Flossing is necessary to remove plaque from the deep pockets of gums and the sides of teeth.
  • Using Mouthwash – Mouthwash can reduce plaque buildup in the hard-to-reach areas of the mouth.
  • Determine Your Risk – Your diet, tobacco use, age, and genetics can all influence your risk of developing gum disease.
  • Seeing Your Dentist – It’s important to see your dentist every six months for a thorough examination. They’ll measure your pocket depth to confirm gum disease isn’t present and that your at-home care is sufficient.

Not sure if you’re at risk of gum disease? Have more questions on prevention? Schedule an appointment with your dentist to reduce your bad breath in Florham Park!

About the Author

Dr. John A. Carollo is prepared to help patients treat their periodontal disease in Florham Park. After earning his Doctor of Dental Medicine from the University of Medicine in Dentistry of New Jersey, he opened a practice in Florham Park, which he’s maintained for over 30 years. To learn more about his practice, contact him through his website.

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