Gum disease or periodontal disease is a common oral health problem affecting the gums and supporting structure of teeth. This disease occurs when your mouth bacteria combine with food particles and mucus, forming plaque. If plaque is not regularly removed, it builds up and hardens to form tartar, a material that brushing can’t take off. 

At Family Dentistry of New Jersey (FDNJ), we are passionate about oral health and dispelling common gum disease myths. We’ll help you treat gum disease before it advances. Contact us online or call 732-458-2288 for an appointment.

Frequently Asked Questions About Gum Disease

Gum disease is the infection and inflammation of your gums from bacteria. You may get periodontal disease from not brushing or flossing regularly or due to genetics. To dispel some myths about this condition, we have compiled answers to several frequently asked questions. 

1. What Are the Early Warning Signs of Gum Disease?

Warning signs of gum disease are bleeding gums when you brush or floss, swollen and red gums, bad breath, gum recession, and sensitive teeth. 

2. Can I Reverse Gum Disease?

Early stages of gum disease may be reversible if you take swift action. The first step is practicing excellent oral hygiene, including flossing, brushing your teeth at least twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and using antibacterial mouth rinses. Regular dentist checkups are vital to reverse gum disease, as at-home care is not enough to remove tartar buildup. A dentist must routinely and professionally clean your teeth to reverse gum disease and prevent further complications. 

So, only early-stage gum disease or gingivitis is reversible without surgical intervention. Once infections advance, you can only manage it and not cure it. 

3. Can I Cure Gingivitis at Home?

You can reduce your risk of gingivitis at home. Still, a dentist visit is necessary if you suspect gingivitis, along with at least an annual or bi-annual checkup. You can reduce your risk for gingivitis at home by:

  • Brushing your teeth two times a day or more.
  • Flossing daily.
  • Quitting tobacco products.
  • Limiting drinks and food with excessive sugar.
  • Managing diabetes if you have it.

4. What Natural Remedies Are There for Gingivitis?

Some home remedies may help keep your gums healthy, such as:

  • Salt water rinse: Salt water has disinfectant properties and can relieve inflamed gums. Use water you boiled and cooled and add 3/4 teaspoon salt to it. Swirl the solution in your mouth and spit it out. Rinse three times daily.
  • Homemade mouthwash: There are various home-crafted mouthwashes. Some may interact with medications, so it’s best to consult your doctor before using them. Typical homemade mouthwashes include lemongrass oil, aloe vera, tea tree oil and sage. 
  • Oil pulling: Oil pulling involves taking two teaspoons of oil, like coconut oil, swirling it in your mouth for 30 minutes and then spitting it out. After oil pulling, drink a glass of water and then brush your teeth. 

5. Are Natural Remedies Worth It?

Home remedies may help support gum health but are often impractical and taste unpleasant. There is also no guarantee that they are effective in treating gingivitis. To ensure your oral health is where it should be, see a dentist every year or as soon as you notice any bleeding, swelling, redness or gum tenderness.   

6. What Are the Stages of Gum Disease?

Gum disease is divided into four general stages — gingivitis, mild periodontitis, moderate periodontitis and advanced periodontitis.

Why Professional Gum Disease Treatment Is Vital

You should visit a trusted dentist for assistance when you notice any gum disease signs. Early-stage gum disease is treatable with professional help. Timely intervention will help prevent your condition from progressing and leading to bone and tooth loss.  

FDNJ Gum Disease Services

FDNJ provides ongoing, affordable and routine care to keep your teeth and gums healthy and prevent the need for surgical intervention. If your gum disease has advanced, we’ll refer you to specialists to treat you.

Our dentists are ready to help you improve your oral health with advanced treatment plans.

Contact Us for Expert Help With Gum Disease

At FDNJ, we are committed to giving all New Jersey residents healthy, confidence-boosting smiles. Our dentists have 30-plus years of experience dealing with gum disease. We’ll help you feel as comfortable as possible while we mitigate oral health risks.

Contact us today to assist with periodontal disease by making an appointment online or calling 732-458-2288.

 

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