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Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, if left unchecked, can have devastating consequences to your mouth and gums. Fortunately, there are a few things to watch out for when preventing or treating gum disease.

It’s important to have an understanding of gum disease so you can take the necessary steps to protect your oral health. Below are some frequently asked questions about gum disease:

Question: What are some of the symptoms of gum disease?

Answer: You should look for: swollen gums that bleed easily, severe bad breath that is hard to remove, teeth that are sensitive or loose, gums that are pulling back from the teeth, and any conditions that make chewing painful or difficult.

Question: What are some of the risk factors for developing gum disease?

Answer: Risk factors include: smoking or chewing tobacco, hormonal changes typically seen in women and young girls, diabetes, any medications or foods that can cause dry mouth, genetics, and a poor diet.

Question: What are some options to prevent gum disease?

Answer: It is important to brush twice daily. You should also floss daily with dental floss or a dentist-approved flossing device. Also, make sure to attend your regularly scheduled oral exams and visit your dentist for regular professional cleanings.

Our team at Lemon Grove Dental Group, Inc is here to help you with all your oral health care needs. If you would like an oral exam from Dr. Richard Cavallaro, we can be reached via phone at 619-569-1925, or you can set up an appointment at our office in Lemon Grove, California. Come in today and start preventing gum disease forever!