Periodontal care is largely focused on preventing and treating periodontal disease, which is also known as gum disease. Caused by bacteria, periodontal disease is a degenerative condition that results in infection of the gums. When not treated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss, bone loss, and receding gums. Periodontal disease can often be prevented with daily brushing and flossing, as well as regular visits to our dental office for a professional, thorough cleaning and exam. Our experienced dentist, Dr. Mark McCaffery, strives to treat periodontal disease at the earliest possible stage in order to prevent future pain, treatments, and costs. We provide non-surgical periodontal treatments, including scaling and root planing (deep cleaning techniques), to halt the progression of the disease and to help you return to good oral health. Common symptoms of periodontal disease include red, swollen, and tender gums that bleed easily; if you suffer from these symptoms, we encourage you to call our dental office in Madison, New Jersey soon. We are eager to care for your smile!