Gum Disease: What You Should Know

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You may already understand that gum disease is a serious problem. In fact, you may know that if you brush and floss daily, you may be able to avoid this problem—but would you be surprised to hear that gum disease is fairly common? Sadly, many individuals have gum disease without even realizing it. Our team is trained to identify the signs and symptoms of gum disease and to help you address the problem.

As you’ve probably heard, gum disease might actually cause quite a few problems. You see, after you’ve eaten, plaque can form on and around your pearly whites. Luckily, you can actually get rid of this plaque simply by brushing and flossing on a regular basis. Removing this plaque is vitally important because it will harden into tartar after just a few hours—which you shouldn’t try to remove on your own. If you try to, you might actually hurt your pearly whites.

Fortunately, there are a few signs and symptoms you can watch for, including bleeding and swollen gums. If you notice any of these different symptoms, your gum disease might be at a later stage than you expect. Gum disease will lead to a number of problems, including tender gums and bad breath. Gum disease can also cause the tissue that keeps your teeth in place to loosen. If this tissue is too damaged, you could have to deal with tooth loss.

If you would be interested in learning more about dealing with gum disease in Sherman, Texas, please contact North Texas Dental by calling us at 903-893-2800. Our dentist, Dr. Michael Nguyen, and our team will also be happy to examine your pearly whites and to answer any of your questions. We’re excited to meet with you.