The Basics of Gum Disease

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Gum disease is an infection that attacks the gum tissues. If left untreated, this disease can lead to tooth loss. Dr. David E. Pearson may suggest treatment for gum disease if you have any of the following symptoms:

– Gums that bleed easily
– Gums that are red, tender, or swollen
– Gums that are receding from the teeth
– A bad taste or bad breath that will not go away
– A change in your bite

There are some factors that can increase your risk of gum disease. These include:

– A family history of gum disease
– Tobacco use
– Crooked teeth or a bad bite
– Teeth grinding or clenching
– Stress, as stress can weaken the body’s immune system so it is not as capable of fighting off infection
– Medicines that cause dry mouth
– Certain diseases
– Poor nutrition

If you suspect that you have gum disease, visit our periodontist. The sooner gum disease is treated, the better. The early stages of gum disease can usually be treated by a professional deep cleaning at our office and daily brushing and flossing at home.

We welcome you to contact our dental office today to learn more about treatment for gum disease in Lawrenceville, Georgia, and to schedule your next appointment.