Did you know? Bleeding gums may be a sign that you are suffering from gum disease.
Known as the “silent disease”, many patients are unaware they have gum disease, an advanced dental health concern. Knowing the signs and symptoms of gum disease may help allow for earlier diagnosis and more effective treatment. Early diagnosis helps to prevent subsequent health complications such as tooth loss, heart disease, and other systemic conditions.
East Hanover, NJ dentist Dr. Rajeev Upadya offers a complete dental approach to the diagnosis and treatment of gum disease.
Do I have gum disease?
Know the signs of gum disease and contact our East Hanover dentist office right away if you notice any of these changes in your oral health. If you believe you are experiencing the following symptoms, schedule an appointment with dentist Dr. Upadya.
- Red, swollen or sore gums
- Bleeding gums
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
- Sensitive teeth
- Persistent mouth sores
- Persistent bad breath
- Changes in the fit of dentures
Is gum disease contagious?
While not necessarily considered a contagious disease, bacteria can spread and many dentists recommend not sharing toothbrushes with other people. There are many factors that could contribute to the development of gum disease. Poor oral hygiene is commonly the main culprit, but there are other lifestyle and hereditary factors that play an important role.
- Smoking Tobacco
- Hormonal changes
- High Stress Levels
- Medications or Medical Treatments
- Teeth grinding
- Poor nutrition
Can gum disease cause health problems?
Left untreated the bacterial infection that causes gum disease may spread to your bloodstream. Recent studies show a strong link between gum disease and increased risk of serious oral and systemic health concerns.
- Loss of Teeth
- Receding Gum Line
- Deterioration in Jaw Bone
- Heart Attack
- Heart Disease
- Low Birth Rate
Can gum disease be treated?
Visiting the dentist every six months for professional teeth cleanings and a dental exam as well as brushing and flossing twice daily are the simplest steps to take to combat gum disease.
Our East Hanover, NJ dentist office offers complete dentistry that addresses the underlying causes of gum disease helping to promote long-term gum health and bite stability. Dr. Upadya will set aside time to have a conversation with you about your personal dental health concerns, aesthetic and cosmetic dental goals and make personalized recommendations about managing gum disease. We offer innovative treatment options that reduce downtimes and promote natural healing and tissue regeneration including:
- laser dentistry
- scaling and root planing
Request a thorough dental consultation with Dr. Upadya today!