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What You Need to Know About Gum Disease

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth. It is caused by bacteria that accumulate on your teeth and gums over time. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss and other serious health problems. Here’s what you need to know about gum disease and how it can be treated.

What are the Symptoms of Gum Disease?

The most common symptom of gum disease is redness or swelling in your gums. Other symptoms include bleeding during brushing or flossing, loose teeth, sensitive teeth, receding gums, bad breath, and a bad taste in your mouth. If you have any of these symptoms, you should schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible to determine if you have gum disease.

How is Gum Disease Treated?

Gum disease can be treated with a variety of treatments depending on the severity of the condition. Your dentist may recommend scaling and root planning (deep cleaning) to remove plaque and tartar buildup below the gumline. Your dentist may also prescribe antibiotics to reduce inflammation caused by infection and help eliminate bacteria in the area. In more severe cases, surgery may be necessary to repair damaged tissue or bone structure.

Preventative Care is Key

To prevent gum disease from developing or worsening, it’s important to practice good oral hygiene habits such as brushing twice a day for two minutes each time with fluoride toothpaste and flossing at least once per day. Additionally, regular dental check-ups are essential for monitoring any changes in your oral health so that treatment can begin right away if needed.

Taking proper care of your teeth and gums is essential for preventing gum disease from developing or worsening over time. Fortunately, there are many treatments available for those who do suffer from this condition so don’t hesitate to reach out to your dentist if you think you may have any signs or symptoms of gum disease! With proper care and regular dental visits, you can keep your smile healthy for years to come!

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