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Published on: 01 Apr 2017 by dentisttuch

Chewing Gum

There's perhaps no more deadly threat to oral health than periodontitis, more commonly referred to as gum disease. Even in its least destructive form, Gingivitis, it causes tooth decay, bone density loss, halitosis and sore gums. Without taking into great detail, there are some obvious reasons to avoid these problems. While the bad news is Gingivitis is the most common form of periodontitis, the right news is that it is the most reversible and the easiest to prevent. For a disease whose root causes are mostly known, its prevalence is far too commonplace. Persistent oral hygiene is the primary preventative. Amazingly, simple brushing, flossing, and rinsing can stop the disease and return the mouth to health.

Bacterial plaque (the result of poor oral hygiene) is the primary cause of gum disease. Other factors may be smoking, diabetes, prescription drugs or displaced teeth. Some clear signs of gum disease are red, swollen or tender gums. Bleeding is another sign, as are loose teeth, bad breath, and separation between the gums and teeth. With any of these signs, it's best to seek dental advice. Early stages can be corrected, and severe consequences avoided. Certain other risk factors to look for are advanced aging, genetic factors (did anyone in your family have the disease?), and osteoporosis. Use these as a red flag also, when it comes to getting yourself checked.

Plaque removal is the first and best treatment of gum disease. If the illness hasn't progressed too far, this can be enough to eliminate it. Proper oral hygiene, of course, must be instituted to prevent the disease's return. Also, any contributing factors (such as smoking or diabetes) must be eliminated or treated. Sometimes scaling and root planning may be in order. It is essentially a type of scraping and digging, often below the gum line. Some local anesthesia may be required. If these procedures fail, the surgery itself may also be needed.  As always dentists make these assessments on a case-by-case basis to determine what's necessary or not.

Dr. Robert Garofalo, a dentist in Warren NJ area, leads Stirling Valley Dental Associates, a practice that diagnoses and treats periodontitis. Early diagnostics and preventative measures are a prominent feature at Stirling. Their doctors are highly trained and maintain a standard of cutting edge capability. They pride themselves on a well-run facility that uses the best industry practices. At Stirling Valley Dental Associates the patient comes first. They provide an excellent patient-friendly environment and are committed to compassionate and expert patient care.

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