Practical Oral Health Care: Gum Disease Symptoms and Risk Factors

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Are you aware of common signs and symptoms of gum disease and how to properly identify it? Several signs and symptoms often let you know that you are suffering from periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, because infections arise within your gum tissues, which will need to be treated accordingly as soon as symptoms start to appear.

If you are routinely showing symptoms of periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, it can often arise through visual impairments in your smile. If you notice any signs of inflammation, swelling, or bleeding gums, it could be because you have infected gum tissues in the form of gum disease. Furthermore, any time that your mouth is suffering from pain when eating food or you have bleeding gums during meals, it could be linked to gum disease.

To help prevent gum disease, it is important to understand risk factors involved with its rise. Several risk factors you have very little control over include genetics, pregnancy, diabetes, and even hormonal changes. However, to help lower your risk for gum disease, you will want to visit your dentist routinely for exams, improve your diet, and avoid unhealthy habits and lifestyle choices that can put your smile at risk of further damage.

Dr. Scott Fellows and Dr. Michael Smink are located in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. If you would like to schedule an appointment with Fellows and Smink Dental Associates for a gum disease assessment, please call our office at 570-622-0331.