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You probably know that you could have to deal with gum disease if you don’t care for your teeth well. However, did you know that even if you do practice great oral hygiene, you could still need to face this issue? Gum disease can be caused by a number of issues, including illnesses and genetics. And since many individuals don’t know they have gum disease, they could eventually have to face periodontitis as well.

Bacteria can reach below your gum line and form pockets there. This can ultimately lead to a gum infection, commonly known as periodontitis. If you have periodontitis, you’ll need to visit a dental office to have the pocket removed. You see, because the infection could have spread below your gum line, you won’t be able to clean it with a toothbrush or with floss. If you have periodontitis, your gums and the ligaments that hold your teeth in place could be damaged. As you may have guessed, this issue can eventually lead to tooth loss. Periodontitis can only be treated by a dental professional.

You should also know that if gum disease gets too serious, you may need surgery to reverse it. Fortunately, there are a number of treatments you can consider before surgery becomes a necessity. Improved oral hygiene could be enough to address gum disease. Often, a routine cleaning is enough to help you prevent or fight off gum disease. In more severe cases, our team could recommend a deep clean, which is also called scaling and root planing.

Please remember that gum disease is relatively easy to treat if it’s caught early. This is one reason it’s important for you to visit our team once every six months. If you are interested in learning more about how you could prevent or address gum disease, or would like to schedule an appointment with us, we invite you to contact Basking Ridge Dental Group at 908-509-4428. Dr. Mary Rostami and our team are excited to hear from you soon.