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Hopewell Family Dentistry
Dr. Patrick Carter

What are common signs of gum disease?

If you notice bleeding gums when brushing and flossing, gum pocketing, and an elongated appearance to your teeth, you should see the dentist right away. These are the most common symptoms of gum disease.

Other symptoms may include bad breath and loose, mobile teeth.

woman sitting in dental chair getting periodontal disease treatmentWhat Is Gum Disease?

Gum disease is an oral health condition characterized by infections in the bones and ligaments that keep your teeth in place. It typically starts as the reversible condition of gingivitis. You may have fewer symptoms in the gingivitis stage, which is why regular checkups are crucial.

Common Causes of Periodontal Disease

Common causes of gum disease include but are not limited to:

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Lack of dental care

Hormonal changes and tobacco use can also exacerbate gingivitis and gum disease.

Without treatment, studies link gum disease to the following systemic health issues:

  • Tooth loss
  • Heart and lung complications
  • Pregnancy complications
  • Low birth weight
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Alzheimer’s disease

The good news is that gum disease treatment in Anderson, SC, mitigates your risks for these serious complications. And we always customize your treatment to address your specific level of disease.

Do You Suspect Gum Disease in Anderson?

If you notice symptoms or have not been to the dentist in a while, we urge you to contact our team today to arrange a visit with the dentist.

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