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Check for signs Of periodontal disease.

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Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is an infection of the tissues that surround your teeth. This can be caused by poor brushing and flossing habits which allow plaque and food to build up on the teeth.  


Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease. It occurs when the gums become red and swollen and bleed easily. Usually, there is little to no bone loss surrounding the teeth during gingivitis. This stage can be treated with regular brushing, flossing, and professional cleanings at least twice a year.


Periodontitis is the advanced stage of gum disease. This occurs when gingivitis is left untreated. Peridontitis is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, because it triggers the loss of gum and bone surrounding teeth which causes them to loosen. 




  • Persistent bad breath

  • Red or swollen gums

  • Tender and bleeding gums

  • Pain in the gum area while chewing

  • Loose teeth

  • Sensitive teeth

  • Receding gums



  • Smoking or using chewing tobacco

  • Pregnancy

  • Diabetes

  • Some medication (talk to your dental professional about the medications you are taking)

  • Bridges that do not fit properly




The best way to treat gum disease is to control the infection. Treatment may vary depending on severity. Your dentist may recommend deeper and more frequent cleanings, localized antibiotic treatment and/or periodontal surgery. Talk to your dentist at Southdale Dental Associates today if you are concerned about potential periodontal disease.

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