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Gum disease can be a much more serious problem than many people realize. You may know about the basic problems such as bleeding, red, tender or swollen gums, loose teeth and bad breath. But gum disease can also increase your risk of respiratory infections, complications from diabetes, heart attack, stroke, and even dementia. But there are things you can do to fight back.

While a number of different things can cause gum disease, the primary cause is the accumulation of plaque and tartar on your teeth. If your dentist discovers that you have gum disease, one of the easier things he may suggest is that you take more care with brushing and flossing You should brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste, and floss once a day. You should make sure that your toothbrush has soft bristles, and that the bristles are not worn or flattened. If you use tobacco, now is the time to quit since it has been linked to the promotion of gum disease. You should chew sugarless gum and hard, crunchy fruits and vegetables that will stimulate the flow of saliva in your mouth. Saliva helps cleanse your mouth of the bacteria that contribute to gum disease. Upping your water intake is not a bad idea. Incidentally, those fruits and vegetables, along with lean protein can bolster your immune system.  If necessary, your dentist can perform a process known as scaling and planning, or prescribe medication to help your gum disease. In some cases, surgery may be needed.

If you are concerned about gum disease, you are looking for a family dentist, or if its just time for your routine checkup, why not meet our dentist, Dr. Elliot Neuman? To get started on a healthy smile today, call Bluegrass Periodontics in Lexington, Kentucky, call 859-252-7726 today.