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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 such as 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.

Fortunately, there are a few things you can do about gum disease. For example, if your gum disease is severe enough, you may be given antibiotics to help you reverse the problem. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to prevent gum disease from getting too severe. Simply, brushing and flossing regularly will help. If you have good nutrition and avoid smoking, you can also decrease your chances of having gum disease.

If you’re worried about gum disease, we recommend visiting our team as soon as possible. Our dentist, Dr. 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 Forest Lane at 972.484.5400. We’re eager to hear from you!