• Periodontal Disease

  • What is periodontal disease?

    A set of diseases that involves inflammation of the tissues that surround and support your teeth is called periodontal disease. While this may include more than just your gums - like ligaments and bones - it is frequently referred to as gum disease. If not treated, it can result in tooth and bone loss. At Clifton Periodontics we specialize in getting patients from Clifton, Paterson, Montclair, Passaic, Little Falls, Totowa, and the surrounding areas back on track and reversing their periodontitis. Periodontal disease is treatable if caught early and properly treated!

    What causes periodontal disease?

    Plaque - a sticky film of bacteria - that is constantly forming on your teeth irritates the tissues in your mouth and leads to periodontal disease if not properly removed.

    Some conditions that can increase your chances of getting periodontal disease include:

    • Genetics
    • Diabetes
    • Pregnancy
    • Medications
    • Teeth that are crooked or crowded and hard to keep clean

    How do I know if I have periodontal disease?

    Since it is usually painless, many people who are afflicted with periodontal disease do not even know it. However, there are some warnings signs, which include:

    • Swollen, sensitive, and discolored gums
    • Bleeding gums
    • Receding gums
    • Separation of permanent teeth
    • Chronic bad breath
    • Loose permanent teeth
    • A constant bad taste

    How do I treat periodontal disease?

    Periodontal disease can only be treated by having a dentist or dental professional remove the built up plaque. If this plaque is not removed, more will continue to build upon it and aggravate your situation. In addition to having the plaque professionally removed, you will need to monitor your oral health. The dentist may suggest seeing you once every three months, instead of only once every two months, to make sure your periodontitis does not progress.

    To quicken the recovery process, you should properly brush twice a day - which means using a soft bristled brush for at least two minutes. Brushing in a circular motion at a forty-five-degree angle can help get the bristles clean more parts of your teeth. And remember, do not brush too hard. This can erode your gums and damage your enamel. Flossing is another very important task to do daily to keep periodontal disease under control. Be sure to wrap fresh floss around each side of the tooth for best results. Our dental team at Clifton Periodontics can give you a demonstration on great flossing techniques. While it may seem tedious, only a few minutes a day can reduce a lifetime of dental issues!

    How do I prevent periodontal disease?

    The best way to prevent periodontal disease is to brush correctly twice a day, floss daily, and have a professional dental cleaning done at least twice a year. Certain habits can help reduce your risk of periodontal disease. These include:

    • Brushing and flossing correctly to keep your mouth clean
    • Not chewing or smoking tobacco
    • Avoiding sugary foods that may increase the build up bacteria in your mouth
    • Seeing the dentist regularly so build up does not occur

    If you are diagnosed with periodontal disease, your fate is not set in stone! With proper treatment, and help from a great team of dental professionals, like the one we have here at Clifton Periodontics, you can return to a healthy state and save your teeth! If you are having issues with your teeth, please give us a call at (973) 471-5600 so we can schedule a consultation for you. The sooner you address the issue, the faster it can be taken care of!