Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is simply disease around your teeth. It attacks your gum tissue as well as the bone that supports the tooth or teeth. If plaque is not removed it turns into calculus, or tartar. Plaque is that sticky film of saliva, bacteria and tiny food debris. By not removing plaque and calculus regularly, your gums and bone will deteriorate and destroy your oral health and smile. If you have bleeding gums, red or swollen gums, periodontal disease is taking hold. Immediate action should be taken to avoid the early signs to intensify. Contact us immediately.

You may not be aware of the statistics, but four out of five people have periodontal disease at one level or other and are not even aware of it. Early signs do not present well, as there is no noticeable pain. When or if you notice blood from brushing or flossing, you are in the onset stage of periodontal disease. Most don’t realize the serious nature of this disease other than the possible loss of a tooth or teeth, but research has identified a link between periodontal disease and heart disease, stroke, diabetes, bacterial pneumonia and an increase in health risk during pregnancy. Additionally, even with proper brushing and flossing, smoking tobacco increases the risks of contracting periodontal disease.

Proper diet and good oral hygiene combined with regularly scheduled dental visits can reduce the likelihood of developing periodontal disease and associated other oral care conditions.

Stages of Warning Signs

    Early Stage Warning

  • Red or bleeding gums. Brushing in a vigorous fashion should not cause your gums to bleed, including flossing. If there is blood present, contact us.
  • Discomfort or tenderness. Bacteria, calculus and plaque all irritate your gums. The tooth under the gums may lead to additional discomfort.
  • Loose teeth. The fibers that support your teeth to the jawbone may become weakened by periodontal disease and may also cause bone loss, causing your teeth to feel loose.


    Secondary Stage Warning

  • Halitosis, or consistent bad breath. While our mouths almost always have some level of bacteria present, excess amounts will create bad breath.
  • Receding gums. Loss of gum tissue around your teeth is a clear indicator of advanced periodontal disease.


    Late Stage Warning

  • Pus around your teeth and gums is present. Critical stage of an infection is present and immediate treatment is required. Any further delay can lead to significant illness as described above.


Tooth Whitening

Tooth Whitening
What is one of the first things people notice about you? Your smile! Thanks to the smile whitening technology of our in-office whitening system you can finally have a brighter, whiter smile!

Dental Implants

Dental Implants
Dental Implants let you rediscover the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life. We want your smile to enhance your appearance and look completely natural! Your smile tells a lot about you as an individual; your self-confidence, personal care and your outlook on life. Having a bright, white smile can do all that, so there is no reason to wait. Call for an appointment and let’s work together to make your smile complete!


Don’t let finances keep you from good oral hygiene!

There are a host of reasons why you may have an interest in our CareCredit service offering. Many of our patients prefer to make low, monthly payments for dental care. That’s why we are happy to offer CareCredit to our patients, as a convenient form of payment for your dental treatment!. Just ask at the reception desk for an informational brochure. You’ll be happy you did.



Dr. Joel Moskowitz, DMD
The Dental Center
28 Bowling Green Parkway
Suite 6
Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849

tel: (973) 663-4220
fax: (973) 663-6136



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