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4 Frequently Asked Questions About Gum Disease

January 28, 2020

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Do you know the ins and outs of gum disease in Bergenfield? Do you know its symptoms? What can happen if it’s left untreated? What to do to prevent it? As one of the most common dental problems seen by dentists throughout the country, you might find it worthwhile to check out 4 of these frequently asked questions about gum disease, so you can take the necessary steps to improve your oral health.

1.      What is the Difference Between Gingivitis and Periodontitis?

Gingivitis is considered the first stage of gum disease and is actually reversible. When bacteria begins to attack the soft oral tissue surrounding your teeth, you will find that your gums appear red, puffy, and may even bleed when brushing or flossing. To treat this type of problem, you will need to keep your regular dental checkups and cleanings and practice good oral hygiene at home. If you do, your symptoms will be reversed.

Periodontitis, on the other hand, is when the infection becomes more aggressive and attacks not only the soft tissue but also the bone. As a result, your jawbone will deteriorate, and your teeth can fall out. If the infection and inflammation enter the bloodstream, your overall health can be negatively impacted in a multitude of ways, including heart attack, stroke, diabetes, neurological conditions, respiratory disease, and more.

2.      Can Children Get Gum Disease?

Yes, children can be susceptible to gum disease; however, it is rare. While gingivitis may be more common, it is highly unlikely that a serious infection will develop into periodontitis. No matter if your child is a pro at brushing and flossing every morning and night, make sure to keep an eye on the status of their gums and watch for any signs that might point to a problem.

3.      Can Gum Disease Be Passed on to Another Person?

Unfortunately, yes, it can. Because it is a harmful bacterium that attacks the tissue, it can be passed to another person via saliva. Sharing of utensils and kissing are just two ways that this can happen. It’s important that you avoid sharing toothbrushes or even a kiss if the person you’re with has gum disease.

4.      What Are the Symptoms of Gum Disease?

The most common signs or symptoms in adults include:

  • Bad breath
  • Red, puffy gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Oral stores that do not heal quickly
  • Receding gums
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Loose teeth

Should you notice any of the items mentioned above, make sure to contact your dentist as soon as possible. It may be necessary for you to receive periodontal therapy in Bergenfield to help you recapture your gum health before it’s too late.

About the Author
Dr. Mariliza LaCap has more than two decades working in the oral healthcare field. Completing her Aesthetic Advantage Certification at New York University, she went on to receive her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Columbia University School of Dental & Oral Surgery. Since that time, she has completed a residency at Englewood Hospital and pursued advanced training in various specialties, one of which is gum disease. Offering patients periodontal therapy to regain their gum health, she and the team at Washington Dental Associates will use the latest tools to remove harmful bacteria and stop periodontal disease in its tracks. To learn how we can help you, contact us at (201) 453-4863.

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