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How familiar are you with gum disease? Did you know that over half of adults over 30 have some form of gum disease? Gum disease is a painless–in the early stages–infection of the gum tissue surrounding your teeth, which is why you might not be aware that you even have it.

The culprit is plaque, bacterial film that forms around your teeth and is swept away when you brush your teeth.

Even if you are currently cavity-free, if you have bleeding gums, or if they are tender and swollen, you may have gingivitis–which is how gum disease starts. A sign of gingivitis is bad breath that doesn’t go away, and it could be caused by a medical condition, so you will want to protect your oral health.

What can cause gum disease?

— Not brushing and flossing daily
— Smoking tobacco
— Stress
— Poor diet
— Dry mouth
— Diabetes
— Genetics

Will you lose your teeth because of gum disease? Not if you take good care of them, especially brushing twice a day, flossing in between your teeth, and getting regular dental cleanings that remove the buildup of tartar–the hardening of the plaque on your teeth. Visiting your dentist is crucial because we can spot gum disease in the early stages so you won’t lose your pearly whites.

As always, please feel free to call our dentists if you have any questions or concerns about your oral health!