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Periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease, is a serious periodontal infection that affects many adult Americans and is primarily caused by hardened tartar on your gums. Patients who use tobacco and alcohol or have developed health concerns such as diabetes or dry mouth are more at risk of developing gum disease. We encourage you to do your part to prevent periodontitis by maintaining excellent oral health.

Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease and typically forms when deposits of plaque and residual food particles aren’t removed during effective brushing and flossing every day. These deposits harden into tartar at the gum line and form a constant bacterial presence that can inflame your gum tissue.

If you don’t treat gingivitis by improving your oral hygiene routine or receiving a professional dental cleaning at [pratice_name], it can advance into periodontitis, the most dangerous form of gum disease, which can cause gum recession from your teeth and create infected pockets surrounding the tooth root. The final effect is bone loss in the jaw structure, which causes your teeth to lose their support and become loose.

Studies have also found a relationship between periodontitis and general health conditions and can affect heart disease, diabetes, and more. We invite you to contact Dido Kim at 201-854-5500 today to speak with our dentist, Dr. Dido Kim, about treating periodontitis in North Bergen, New Jersey.