Periodontal Disease Specialist

Dental Professionals of Jersey City

Cosmetic & General Dentistry located in Jersey City, NJ

Periodontal or gum disease is one of the most frequent causes of tooth decay, yet it’s also one of the most preventable and easily treated. Paul Lustiger, DDS, Alexander Hahn, DMD, and the expert team at Dental Professionals of Jersey City can help if you need assistance with your oral hygiene routine, and if you have any signs of periodontal disease like bleeding gums, they can give your teeth a deep clean to resolve the problem. Call the Jersey City, New Jersey, clinic today to book an appointment or use the online tool.

Periodontal Disease

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is the scientific name for gum disease, which is a common cause of tooth decay.

Every day a sticky yellow film called plaque collects on your teeth. Plaque is made up of particles of food and the bacteria that are feeding on them.

If plaque isn’t cleaned off, it builds up over time and eventually hardens to forms tartar. Tartar is a much harder substance that you can’t shift with brushing.

Poor oral hygiene or using an incorrect brushing technique results in a combination of plaque and tartar occupying the spaces between your teeth and gums, breeding even more bacteria and causing irritation to the gums.

In time, your teeth start to decay as a result of irritation, inflammation, and infection, and in severe cases, periodontal disease can damage the jawbone.

Research shows that periodontal disease is also a factor in several serious medical conditions, including:

  • Stroke
  • Heart disease
  • Bacterial pneumonia
  • Diabetes
  • Complications in pregnancy

You can avoid all these problems by adopting a routine of regularly brushing and flossing your teeth, so plaque doesn’t build up. The team at Dental Professionals of Jersey City is happy to help you with your technique and show you the best way to care for your teeth and gums.

What are the symptoms of periodontal disease?

The initial symptoms of periodontal disease are swollen bleeding gums. If your gums look particularly red or you see blood in your spit when you brush your teeth, these are classic signs of periodontal disease.

The best thing you can do is make an appointment at Dental Professionals of Jersey City, even if you don’t have any discomfort or toothache.

If you get your teeth checked and properly cleaned straight away, there’s every chance you can prevent periodontal disease from causing tooth decay.

What is the treatment for periodontal disease?

If you leave it too long, periodontal disease is going to lead to tooth decay, and you would then need to consider fillings or having teeth extracted.

If you visit the team at Dental Professionals of Jersey City as soon as you spot any symptoms of periodontal disease, they can give your teeth a deep clean, including a root planing to clear out the spaces between your teeth and gums where bacteria love to breed.

Don’t ignore red, swollen, or bleeding gums; the problem can only get worse, yet it’s easy to treat if you act promptly. Call Dental Professionals of Jersey City today or book an appointment online.