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Gum Disease & How to Treat It

Published on March 14th, 2018

Chronic gum disease, also known as periodontitis, affects nearly 50 percent of adults over the age of 30 in the United States. Our dedicated dentists near downtown Chicago and Bloomingdale want to ensure that none of our patients are part of that statistic. Here’s some key points about gum disease and what you can do to avoid it.

Warning Signs

We can’t emphasize enough the importance of great oral hygiene. Gum disease occurs when the tissues that surround and support your teeth become infected. It’s usually painless so it may not be obvious that you have it.

If you notice that your gums are red, swollen tender, or bleed easily, it may be a sign of gum disease. You also may notice that you have bad breath or that your permanent teeth are loose or separating. If your case is aggressive enough, you may notice that you are rapidly losing tissue and bone in some areas of your mouth.

Factors That Increase the Development of Gum Disease

Poor oral hygiene in general can be a large factor that leads to gum disease. Other factors include smoking or chewing tobacco, genetics, crooked teeth that are difficult to clean, diabetes, pregnancy and certain medications.

The earliest stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. At this stage, gum disease is reversible and our dentists near downtown Chicago and Bloomingdale are happy to give you a professional cleaning to help eliminate the chances of developing gum disease. The best way to avoid periodontitis is by regularly brushing and flossing your teeth. If you feel like you may be developing early signs of gum disease, please contact our dentists near downtown Chicago and Bloomingdale today!

Source: Mouth Healthy

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