What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease, also called periodontal disease or gingivitis, is characterized by the inflammation of the gingiva, or the gums. When dental decay remains unchecked, bacteria can run rampant. As they feed on the sugars in your mouth, bacteria produce acids that erode dental enamel, and toxins that inflame your gums. Over time, the soft tissues of your mouth tend to pull away from the teeth, causing gum disease.

Gum Disease

Signs of Gum Disease

Although you might assume that gum disease is a rare condition, the fact of the matter is that you or someone that you know likely suffers from the condition. In fact, it is estimated that up to half of all American adults have gum disease. Here are a few of the signs, so that you can start treating the problem early:

Ways to Avoid Getting Gum Disease

Fortunately, you might be able to avoid getting gum disease in the first place. Here are a few ways to keep your teeth and gums healthy and happy:

Painful and inflamed gums can be a sign of periodontal disease. If you are concerned about the health of your gums, contact us today for a complete oral exam.

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If you have questions about gum disease or would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Brewer, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with our front office. We will be happy to help answer any questions that you might have