Gum Disease Dentist

Melvin Pierson, DDS, FAGD, FADI -  - General Dentist

Pierson Dental

Melvin Pierson, DDS, FAGD, FADI

General Dentist & Orthodontist and Periodontist located in Sicklerville, NJ

Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among American adults. At Pierson Dental, experienced dentist Dr. Melvin Pierson takes gum disease very seriously. At the office in Sicklerville, New Jersey, men and women from Williamstown, Glassboro, Clayton, and Franklinville can also get regular periodontal screenings and receive treatment for gum disease. Call the office or book online to have your gum health assessed today.

Gum Disease Q & A

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is diagnosed when you have an infection in the tissues that surround and support your teeth. The early stages of gum disease are known as gingivitis when your gums become red and swollen and may bleed easily when you brush or floss.

When gingivitis progresses into full-blown gum disease though, it’s much harder to treat.

What are the symptoms of periodontal disease?

Swollen, puffy gums are just one sign of periodontal disease. Other symptoms include:

  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Gums that pull away from the teeth
  • Bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
  • Loose or shifting permanent teeth

If you wear partial dentures and you notice a change in their fit, gum disease may be the reason.

What causes periodontal disease?

Plaque, the sticky bacteria-filled film that forms over your teeth, is the culprit behind gum disease. Brushing and flossing -- as well as professional cleanings -- help remove plaque, but any that remains can harden and turn into tartar. When tartar and plaque remain on the teeth for long periods of time, they cause inflammation of the gums that can lead to full-blown gum disease.

Your risk of developing periodontal disease increases when you:

  • Have poor oral hygiene
  • Smoke or use chewing tobacco
  • Have a family history of gum disease
  • Have crooked teeth that are hard to clean

Diabetes, pregnancy, and certain medications -- specifically steroids and cancer therapy drugs -- also put you at a higher risk of developing gum disease.

How is gum disease treated?

Pierson Dental offers scaling and root planing to combat periodontal infections. This in-depth cleaning targets accumulations of plaque and bacteria that are under the gum line and along the rough surfaces of your teeth’s roots.

Dr. Pierson also offers antibiotic therapy to help target and kill bacteria following scaling and root planing. This treatment helps keep infection away for the long term.

How can I prevent gum disease?

Good oral hygiene habits -- brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and keeping up with regular dental cleanings -- can go a long way in keeping your teeth free of plaque. Consistent visits to Pierson Dental make it easier for Dr. Pierson to catch gum disease early when it’s in the still reversible gingivitis stage.

To learn more about your options for treating periodontal disease, call Pierson Dental or book an appointment online today.