Periodontal Disease Treatment in Edison, NJ
According to recent information gathered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost 50 percent of Americans over the age of 30 have some degree of periodontal, or gum, disease. That figure roughly equates to some 67 million people. Furthermore, the incidence of gum disease increases with age—more than 70 percent of men and women over the age of 65 have periodontal disease.
Gum disease is a bacterial infection that affects the soft tissue surrounding your teeth. Left to linger on your teeth too long, bacteria builds up in a biofilm called plaque. Eventually, plaque hardens and becomes tartar, or calculus. This tartar can accumulate below the gum line and eventually lead to the inflammation of gum tissue and even the break down of bony structure underneath the gums that support your teeth. If left to advance unchecked, periodontal disease may necessitate tooth extraction.
The key signs of gum disease include:
- Chronic bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
- Gums that are red and tender
- Bleeding gums
- Gum tissue that appears to be pulling away from your teeth
- Teeth that are sensitive, especially to hot and cold temperatures
- Loose teeth
- A change in the way your teeth come together when you bite down
- Ill-fitting dentures
The Oral-Systemic Connection
In addition to the negative impact gum disease can have in your mouth, there is also mounting evidence linking this bacterial infection to bodily health issues. When gums bleed, or even when you take a deep breath, the bacteria in your mouth can enter the bloodstream or respiratory system, respectively. As a result, a number of diseases and illnesses may ensue, including cardiovascular disease; diabetes; stroke; depression; respiratory illness; osteoporosis and even pre-term delivery and low birth weight infants. Thus, treating gum disease at the earliest sign is critical to your oral health as well as your general health.
Gum Disease Treatment in Edison, NJ
As leaders in the field of anti-infective therapy, Resnick & Rosenfeld use microscopes to analyze the numbers and types of bacteria present in the space between your tooth and gum. This helps us to diagnose the presence of health or disease and treat you accordingly. Preventive treatment, even in advanced cases, is usually completely non-surgical and dedicated towards destroying the cause of the gum disease: bacteria. In this way, we enable natural, non-surgical healing to occur, resulting in healthy, natural-looking gums.
With microscopic analysis, we can also predict - in the earliest stages - which patients have the potential for destructive gum disease. This allows us to provide early, simple treatment (often just in the form of advice) and can prevent you from contracting the infectious disease that is the major cause of tooth loss in the United States today.
One of the best precautions you can take against gum disease is a strict regimen of brushing and flossing. Both are important; brushing removes plaque and bacteria from the surface of your teeth, while flossing removes them from between your teeth and below the gum line. In addition, scheduling dental checkups with Dr. Resnick or Dr. Rosenfeld twice every year is an important preventive measure, as well.