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Did you know that approximately 75% of Americans over the age of 35 have some form of gum disease? Naturally, gum disease could cause minor problems—such as swollen or bleeding gums—or serious problems like bone or tooth loss. Sadly, gum disease can be difficult to identify. In fact, many people aren’t even aware of what gum disease is. In fact, some claim that 60% of individuals don’t know what gum disease is or how it can be treated.

As you may have heard, gum disease is an inflammation of the gums, typically caused by bacteria, plaque, and tartar. Sadly, if gum disease isn’t treated, it can lead to infections in your gums and bloodstream, and can lead to tooth loss.

Fortunately, there are a few ways you can recognize gum disease. For instance, if your gums bleed, are red or swollen, or if you notice consistent bad breath, a bad taste in your mouth, a receding gum line, or even shifting teeth, you may be dealing with gum disease.

Still, do you know any of the other causes gum disease and how can you avoid it? Unfortunately, while gum disease is usually caused by poor oral hygiene, smoking, and even poor nutrition can also lead to gum disease. Fortunately, visiting our dentist for regular checkups can help you avoid gum disease—or at least identify the symptoms while they are easily reversible.

If you’re worried about gum disease, we recommend visiting our team as soon as possible. Our dentist, Dr. Lynh Pham and our team will assess your smile and determine what you can do to enjoy a healthy smile again. If you would like to schedule an appointment with us, please schedule an appointment with Smiley Dental Mesquite at 972.388.1138. We’re eager to hear from you!