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Gum disease is also called periodontal disease; other terms include “gingivitis” (beginning stages) and “periodontitis” (advanced stages).  Gum disease is a major cause of tooth loss among adults in the United States, with advanced stages affecting over 47% of adults over age 30.

 

Periodontal disease is frequently caused by a buildup of plaque on teeth. Plaque is made of bacteria, which coalesce into a sticky film. These living bacteria feed on sugars in your mouth. Plaque can not only erode teeth, but the bacteria in it can also infect the gum tissue, resulting in gum disease. This is one reason to maintain excellent oral hygiene habits of brushing and flossing your teeth daily as well as seeing your periodontist regularly.

 

There are many symptoms that could indicate gum disease. Some of these include:

 

–gums that bleed easily

–persistent bad breath

–red, tender, or swollen gums

–gums that have pulled away from your teeth

–loose or separating permanent teeth

–a change in your bite pattern

–a change in the way your dentures fit

 

Be aware, however, that sometimes you can have gum disease without any of the above symptoms. If you suspect gum disease, call Bluegrass Periodontics in Lexington, Kentucky, at 859-252-7726 to schedule an appointment.  Dr. Elliot Neuman and our team look forward to helping your whole smile be healthy!