Gum Disease

Half of the American Adult Population Has Gum Disease

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Gum disease is one of the most common forms of oral health issues,

and the leading cause of tooth loss. According to the CDC half of U.S. adults have some form the disease, and many are unaware they are affected. If you notice your gums are bleeding when you brush your teeth or you have gum recession, you may have an infection in the gums. We offer several treatment options to rid the mouth of harmful bacteria and restore your oral health.

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Causes of Gum Disease

A lack of proper oral hygiene is the leading cause of gum disease but some people may develop the infection due to smoking, genetics, poor nutrition or obesity. Research shows that periodontal disease may be linked to inflammatory conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease, where the body cannot fight off the infection easily. Gum disease can be hereditary so those with a family history of periodontal disease need to be extra vigilant about taking care of their teeth and gums.

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Symptoms of Gum Disease

Some people have more pronounced symptoms than others so it’s important that you check the health of your teeth and pay attention to the appearance of your gums. One of the most noticeable signs of gum disease is bleeding gums but other red flags include:

  • Red and swollen gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Receding gum line
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Gum Disease Treatment Options

Fortunately, there are several treatment options available to eradicate the infection and keep your oral health in optimal condition. We perform several procedures at our practice and offer sedation dentistry for those who may be suffering from dental anxiety. If you undergo gum disease treatment, we will put you on a periodontal maintenance plan so that we can monitor the health of your teeth and perform a deep cleaning so the gums stay clear of infection.

Gum disease treatment options include:

  • Laser Gum Surgery
  • Osseous Surgery
  • Scaling and Root Planing
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If you think you may need gum disease treatment,

come in for a complete oral evaluation. Schedule your consultation at Shore Smiles Dental today.

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