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smiling older woman in a dentist's chairWe all know how important it is to care for your teeth-but there’s a crucial part of your mouth that’s sometimes missed when you don’t brush or floss correctly, regularly. If you guessed your gums, you would be correct!

At Midland Park Family Dentistry, we’re proud to offer care for gums, the soft tissue in your mouth that can greatly impact your oral and overall health if not properly taken care of. Our dentists have years of experience in crafting care plans that can make a difference for you and your smile.

What is Periodontal Disease?

Also known as gingivitis, periodontal disease is a mild to severe gum disease that can cause redness, swelling and irritation as well as inflammation. In a mild case, there may be no signs or symptoms of gingivitis-but it can still do damage.

When not properly cared for, gingivitis can lead to serious gum diseases and even tooth loss. One of the biggest signs of periodontal disease is gum recession. If you’ve noticed that your teeth look longer than they once did, you may be experiencing this pullback.

The best way to combat periodontal disease is to brush and floss your teeth regularly. When you visit us, we’ll also recommend the best toothpaste for your gums, should you be at risk or in a mild stage.

Scaling and Root Planing

Scaling and root planing is one of the best treatments for treating mild gingivitis and stopping it before it becomes more severe. It involves removing plaque, biofilm and tartar from your teeth that may accumulate just below the gum line. When bacteria found in plaque and tartar come into contact with your gums for a period of time, it’s only natural for them to recede.

This treatment will help keep your gums healthy and stop them from wanting to pull away from your teeth. You can think of scaling and root planning as a “deep cleaning” for your teeth.

Schedule Your Visit

If you want to learn more about maintaining healthy gums, or think you may be in the early stages of gum disease, we encourage you to contact us today to book a visit. We look forward to seeing you in our practice soon!


Periodontics Midland Park, Bergen County, Wyckoff, Walkwick NJ | (201) 447-5555