At our Morris Plains dental office, Attentive Dental Care, many of the most common problems we see in our patients are related to gum disease. The root causes of gum disease are bacteria and food debris. As we go through our day to day activities, harmful bacteria like tartar and plaque are constantly forming and multiplying on and in between our teeth and within our mouth. These bacteria can irritate and infect our sensitive gums. If gum disease is not addressed early on, the bacteria can build up and overwhelm the pockets that exist between our gums and teeth. When this happens, your gums can start to recede and the underlying bone becomes at risk as well.
There are several symptoms that can indicate that you might be developing a form of gum disease. If your gums are red, swollen, tender, in pain, or are bleeding when you brush or floss, you should schedule an appointment at our Morris Plains dental office right away for treatment. If your case of gum disease is relatively mild, treatments might be as simple as a few professional cleanings at Attentive Dental Care and a boost to your oral hygiene habits at home. For slightly more advanced cases, we use deep cleaning techniques such as root scaling and planing to eliminate the harmful bacteria from your mouth and save your gums. If your gum disease has advanced significantly without treatment, a surgical method known as pocket reduction surgery can be effective in relieving your symptoms.
If you would like to learn more about gum disease, the other common dental problems we treat, or the various dental care services available to you at our Morris Plains dental office, we invite you to visit and browse through the Attentive Dental Care website for additional information. If you have any questions or concerns regarding our services or any other dental topic, do not hesitate to contact our experts either by phone or online using the message form on our practice’s website. You can also schedule appointments with our dental professionals either by phone or online. We look forward to your next visit with us.