Happy Halloween! We hope the season of candy is treating you well. At the office of Denise DiBona, DDS, LLC in Red Bank, NJ, we all appreciate a good chocolate bar or two. But truth be told, Halloween can be an extremely dangerous holiday when it comes to tooth decay and gum disease.

So amid all the haunted houses and horror movies, to take a moment to learn about gum disease. If left untreated, gum disease can result in bad breath and extremely serious dental problems, such as the painful loss of teeth. But even if you have gum disease already, we have steps we can take to help you out.

In today’s post of our dental health blog, we want to take a moment to tell you a little bit more about our treatments for gum disease. Gum disease begins as plaque and dental tartar build up on your teeth; plaque and dental tartar are formed from bacteria left in your mouth by chewing and swallowing food.

Gum disease can often go undetected for long periods of time; and that’s not a good thing. Gum disease is almost a silent disease, you may not even notice any symptoms until they have manifested into pain. Prevention starts with education, so we want to take a moment to tell you about the symptoms of gum disease.

Gum disease begins as gingivitis. Gingivitis is experienced by many Americans at some point in their lives. Symptoms can include painful or swollen gums. Your gums may appear to be redder in color than normal, or bleed when you brush or floss. Gingivitis will also cause bad breath. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact our office for an appointment right away.

If left untreated gingivitis will eventually progress into periodontitis. This stage of gum disease is categorized by immense pain in your gums, severely bleeding gums, and the loosening of your teeth. Eventually your teeth will become so loose that they will begin to fall out. Tooth loss can even lead to bone loss in your jaw down the line.

It’s best to avoid these problems and treat your gum disease early. At the office of Denise DiBona, DDS, LLC, in Red Bank, NJ, we offer treatment for gum disease. These treatments are tailored for you specially and can be a vital step in ensuring the health of your teeth, and the beauty of your smile.

Some of our treatments for gum disease include special pastes and rinses, such as Chlorhexidine medicated rinse. We will also perform perform periodontal maintenance; if the situation requires it we can place Arresting antibiotic into infected pockets of your gums. We also perform deep scaling and cleaning to clear bacteria from your teeth and gums.

Don’t ignore any signs you may be experiencing gum disease. Early detection of gum disease can prevent tooth loss or length dental procedures down the line. Why take the risk, when it’s so much easier to treat the disease in its early stages.

Take back the health of your teeth. Give us a call at 732-945-5343 to make an appointment. We’re also happy to answer any questions about gum disease you may have. The office of Denise DiBona, DDS, LLC is proud to serve Red bank, NJ and the surrounding area.