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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 like 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.

Sadly, gum disease is typically caused by a buildup of bad bacteria, plaque, and tartar. If your gum disease is left untreated, it may eventually lead to infections in your gums. Gum disease can then allow germs and bacteria into your bloodstream, which will cause health problems in several parts of your body. Fortunately, if you remove tartar—which is hardened plaque—you’ll be able to avoid gum disease altogether.

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.

Unfortunately, gum disease can be caused by poor oral hygiene, smoking, or poor nutrition. Fortunately, our dentist can examine the health of your teeth, and develop a plan to help you. Luckily, if you brush and floss well, you can stop bacteria from spreading and may be able to reverse gum disease. Similarly, antibiotics may be useful if your gum disease is severe enough.

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 Arlington at 682.558.8720. We’re eager to hear from you!