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Most people understand that brushing and flossing your teeth is absolutely critical for maintaining a healthy mouth. If you find yourself brushing and flossing and you notice a little pink in the sink, you should not dismiss these traces of blood as a sign that you were too aggressive.

This is actually a salient sign that your gums are suffering from inflammation or the possible infection of periodontal disease. Often referred to as gum disease, this serious condition afflicts an estimated 47 percent of people over 30 years of age. At the same time, the Centers for Disease Control have also reported that an estimated 64 percent of people over the age of 65 have an advanced form of gum disease.

Early on, the mildest form of gum disease can be treated and reverse by improvements in your daily oral hygiene routine and a dental cleaning at Jacob Shrayman, DDS.

If you develop a more serious version of gum disease, such as periodontitis, the infection and inflammation can cause your gums to slowly recede from the base of your teeth. In time, the deep infection near the roots can weaken the bones and cause tooth loss.

If you’re concerned about the health of your gums because of gum disease in Verona, New Jersey, you should call 973-239-3555 to schedule a checkup with Dr. Jacob Shrayman.