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WHAT IS GUM DISEASE?

Periodontitis (Gum disease) is common but largely preventable. It's usually the result of poor oral hygiene. Brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily, and getting regular dental checkups can greatly improve your chances of successful treatment for periodontitis and can also reduce your chance of developing it.

SYMPTOMS

Healthy gums are firm and pale pink and fit snugly around teeth. Signs and symptoms of periodontitis can include:

-Swollen or puffy gums

-Bright red, dusky red, or purplish gums

-Gums that feel tender when touched

-Gums that bleed easily

-Pink-tinged toothbrush after brushing

-Spitting out blood when brushing or flossing your teeth

-Bad breath

-Pus between your teeth and gums

-Loose teeth or loss of teeth

-Painful chewing

-New spaces developing between your teeth

-Gums that pull away from your teeth (recede), making your teeth look longer than normal

-A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite

WHEN TO SEE A DENTIST

Follow your dentist's recommended schedule for regular checkups. If you notice any symptoms of periodontitis, make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. The sooner you seek care, the better your chances of reversing damage from periodontitis.

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