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One of the most common terms you’ll come across when reading about dentistry is “periodontal disease.” Have you ever really stopped to explore exactly what periodontal disease is? Understanding about the basics of periodontal disease will aid you in wrapping your brain around a lot of what dentists do, and it should also help you understand better how to keep your mouth fresh. Here’s a short summary on gum disease for you:

-Gum disease is a bacterial infection of the gums where bacterial acids have overstayed their welcome in the mouth and grown under the gum line, forming pouches of decay between your pearly whites and gums.
-Though it’s still damaging, the damage from the first phase of gum disease (gingivitis) is normally reversible by treatment from your dentist.
-The second phase of periodontal disease normally causes permanent damage to the teeth, bones and gums, and when left unchecked, it can grow to progressive periodontitis or chronic periodontitis.
-The early stages of gum disease manifest signs in the form of red, bloody, painful and/or swollen gums.
-The people most at risk for developing gum disease are those above age 70, men (who account for 60 percent of the illness) and those with xerostomia.
-You can greatly diminish your risk of contracting gum disease by following good oral hygiene habits. Brush your pearly whites two times daily, floss once daily and check up with our office for cleanings every six months.

We hope this post has been instructive for you. To schedule your next cleaning with Dr. Danielle Kelner, give our Kelner Periodontics LLC office in Clark, New Jersey, a call at 732-587-6740 now.