Did you know that more than 50% of the adult population has some level of gum disease? Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, occurs when bacteria are caught between the tooth and gum. These bacteria slowly destroy the structure that supports your teeth and will eventually lead to a loss of the affected teeth. Gum disease starts as inflammation in the gum tissues, causing the gums to become swollen, tender, and redder than usual. The early stage of gum disease, gingivitis, is also characterized by bleeding gums. If gingivitis is not properly treated and controlled, the condition may advance until the gum tissues recede, resulting in bone loss and tooth loss. Furthermore, untreated periodontal disease has been linked to several serious health conditions, including heart disease, hypertension (high blood pressure), respiratory conditions, pregnancy complications, stroke, and diabetes.
At Dr. Sherwin Cheng’s dental office, we provide a comprehensive approach to gum disease, helping you halt the progress of the disease and develop a healthy mouth. The specific treatment for your smile will depend on your personal dental needs and the severity of the condition. Periodontal treatment may include additional professional cleanings, antibiotic treatment, improved at-home oral care, or deep cleanings known as scaling and root planing. To learn more about your options for treatment for gum disease in Tenafly, New Jersey, we welcome you to contact our dentist today.