Periodontal Disease

At Acorn Dental in Marlton, New Jersey, we are prepared for any dental issue that any one of our patients may experience at any time. We are very passionate about and find it important to help educate our patients on preventative dentistry and what steps to take to prevent permanent damage to their teeth. We encourage our patients to brush and floss twice a day for at-home care and come into our office for their bi-yearly cleanings.

Due to lack of oral hygiene and not receiving professional cleanings, patients can develop periodontal or gum disease.

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Stages of Periodontal Disease

When plaque, the white sticky substance on your teeth, doesn’t get removed by brushing it starts to build up and harden along the gum line. This causes swelling, pain, and bleeding in the gums and continues to spread. In the earliest stage of gum disease, we diagnose the gum disease as gingivitis because it can be treated and removed fully. It is important to see a dental professional as soon as possible to prevent the disease from spreading. 

In the advanced stages of periodontal disease, your gums start to recede and plaque build-up continues down to the root of the tooth under the gum line. Once the disease has spread past gingivitis, serious treatment measures have to be taken. 

At Acorn Dental, we don’t take periodontal disease lightly due to all the damage it can cause to your oral health. If the disease continues to spread, it can deteriorate all soft tissue surrounding the teeth and could possibly cause teeth to fall out. Not only does this disease threaten your oral health, but also your overall bodily health too. If not taken care of you could suffer from a stroke, diabetes, and heart disease.


Each periodontal treatment is completely personalized to your stage of the disease and what will work best for your healing. Some treatments we offer at our Marlton, New Jersey office are: 

  • Scaling 
  • Root Planing 
  • Gum Grafting 

A treatment plan will be chosen once you have been diagnosed with any form of periodontal disease. 

Our team encourages our patients to stay up to date with their in-office cleanings and examinations so we can help stop the disease from spreading once it occurs. If you have any questions please give us a call!