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How Do I Know If I Have Gum Disease?

Periodontal disease, aka gum disease, is from plaque and bacteria buildup in a patient's mouth over time. If this buildup is not brushed and flossed away, it will eventually lead to gum disease. Periodontal disease can also be caused by smoking and chewing tobacco, teeth grinding, medications, and genetics. 

 

Advanced forms of gum disease can cause bone and tooth loss and significantly affect overall health. Drs. Clark and Knuth recommend always brushing and flossing daily and scheduling dental appointments every six months as the best way to fight gum disease and decay. Some of the most common signs of periodontal disease are:

 

  • Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
  • Receding gums
  • Abscessed teeth
  • Extreme tooth sensitivity
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Loose teeth and loss of teeth
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