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By recognizing the symptoms of gum disease and getting treatment early, you can reduce your chances of having to undergo extensive dental procedures and even tooth loss. You may have gum disease if you experience

  • Tender, red, swollen, or bleeding gums
  • Shifting, loose, or sensitive teeth
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Painful chewing
  • Receding gums

Gum disease is most often caused by plaque buildup; however, it can also be caused by hormonal changes, chronic health conditions, certain medications, and smoking. If you experience any of the above symptoms, you should see your dentist for a checkup that includes:

  • Discussion of your medical conditions and lifestyle risk factors for gum disease
  • Visual examination of your gums to detect any signs of inflammation
  • Examination using a small probe to check for pockets along the gum line. Pockets that exceed 1 to 3 millimeters are usually a sign of gum disease.
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