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The Beginnings of Gum Disease

March 8, 2017
Posted By: Dr. Shane Ruggless
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Gum Disease

Gum disease can sneak up on anyone.

Even if you have great home care and twice-yearly dental appointments, a change in your medical health, hormone fluctuations, and even stress can all affect the health of your gums. If you have systemic conditions, such as diabetes, you may suddenly find yourself battling gum disease when you have never suffered from it before.

The beginning stages of gum disease can have subtle symptoms that include tenderness in the gums, which can occur in one area or multiple areas. You may experience bleeding when you brush or floss your teeth. If something is lodged in your gums, the bleeding should resolve with extra attention and care within a couple of days. Bleeding that is gum disease-related lingers.

If someone has the courage to tell you, you might find out that you have bad breath. Gum disease is caused by bacteria and infection. Often that infection gives off an unpleasant odor. If you wonder if you have bad breath, you can smell your dental floss after you use it. Brushing your tongue with a separate toothbrush or using a tongue scraper can help.

If any of these symptoms occur, the best course of action is to give us a call. We can perform a periodontal evaluation and medical history to determine if you have periodontal disease and what may have caused it – neglect, medical conditions, or even medication. Our hygiene department at Ruggless Dental is skilled in treating all levels of periodontal disease so that patients can enjoy better oral health and improve their overall health.

Dentist in Springfield, IL

Our hygienists are gentle, thorough, and love sharing ways to keep your smile looking and feeling its best. If you ever start experiencing the symptoms of gum disease and need a dentist in the Springfield area that will help you get back on track, give us a call.

We love helping our patients achieve excellent oral health and a smile that feels comfortable.

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