A confident smile begins with both healthy teeth and gums. Most of us tend to focus on our pearly whites, as they seem to be the stars of the show. But one of the main factors in adult tooth loss is gum disease (also known as periodontal disease). A major reason for this is that gum disease can be painless, so you may not even be aware that you have it unless you keep up with regular dental checkups and cleanings.
Gum disease develops thanks to plaque–a sticky, bacterial film that forms every day in your mouth. To remove this buildup, you must take time each day brushing and flossing your teeth and around the gumline. This daily attention prevents plaque from hardening into tartar. Once plaque hardens, it requires professional removal by Dr. Jon Molinare and our team.
Signs of Gum Disease:
- Swollen or red, tender gums
- Bleeding gums
- Loose teeth
- Persistent bad breath
- Receding gums
The good news is, treating periodontal degeneration can be as easy as detecting it early. In fact, in the early stages, it is often reversible. Early periodontal treatment usually includes stepping up your oral hygiene game–brushing at least twice each day and flossing at least once–followed by a professional dental cleaning.
As gum disease advances, Dr. Jon Molinare may recommend additional professional dental cleanings, improved at-home oral hygiene, antibiotic treatment, scaling and root planing (deep cleanings), or possibly gum surgery.
As you can see, a confident smile starts with healthy teeth and gums. We invite you to schedule your next visit with our team by calling 973-993-1979 today. At Molinare Dental Group in Cedar Knolls, New Jersey. Dr. Jon Molinare and our dedicated team are ready to help you reach all of your smile goals!