Gum Disease

Dentist Serving Bergenfield, Dumont, Paramus and Oradell, New Jersey

Are Bleeding Gums a Cause for Concern?

Gums that bleed when brushed should never be ignored. This common symptom of gum disease is often one of the first indications of bacterial infection and should be brought to the attention of Bergen County dentist Dr. Howard Perlmutter as soon as possible. Through swift intervention, Dr. Perlmutter can typically treat gum disease in these early stages with little more than advanced cleaning techniques. Left to progress however and treating the problem becomes increasingly invasive and involved.

Don’t Forget to Floss

Fewer than 50 percent of Americans self-report flossing daily, even though flossing is known to be one of the most effective ways to prevent gum disease and tooth decay. One of the largest reasons people list for not flossing is that they simply forget.

Forgetting to floss is, in a way, like forgetting to wash your hands: failure to do it can lead to a host of health issues, but getting into the habit may require reminders. To help you get into this habit, Dumont dentist Dr. Howard Perlmutter offers the following suggestions:

Probiotics for Chronic Periodontitis

A double-blind, placebo-controlled study has determined that probiotics, specifically lactobacillus reuteri, increase the efficacy of gum disease treatment by 53 percent. This news is welcome for those suffering from chronic periodontitis who have found other methods to be of little use – particularly because probiotics have no adverse side-effects and are naturally found in many foods and beverages including yogurt and kefir.

Symptoms of Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the most common type of gum disease. It is also the easiest to treat. When symptoms of this common oral health issue occur, Bergenfield dentist Dr. Howard Perlmutter can provide a deep gum cleaning along with detailed home-care instructions. Your at-home instructions will include enhanced daily care such as regular brushing and flossing. Dr. Perlmutter will also recommend a medicated or antibacterial mouthwash if such steps are necessary in your case. This can be discussed in greater detail during your visit to our office.


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