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Gum Disease

Gum Disease

What is Gum Disease? 

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a common yet serious condition that affects the gums and bone supporting the teeth. It can range from simple gum inflammation to major damage to the soft tissue and bone that support your teeth. In the worst cases, it can lead to tooth loss. At Concierge Dental, we are committed to providing comprehensive care and information to help you understand, prevent, and manage gum disease. 

Causes of Gum Disease 

If plaque is not removed through daily brushing and flossing, it can produce toxins that irritate the gum tissue, leading to gum disease.  

Symptoms of Gum Disease 

  • Red, swollen, or tender gums 
  • Gums that bleed easily during brushing or flossing 
  • Bad breath that won’t go away 
  • Receding gums 
  • Loose or separating teeth 
  • A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite 

Gum Disease FAQs 

Q: Can gum disease be reversed?  

A: Yes, in its early stage, known as gingivitis, gum disease can be reversed with proper dental care and hygiene practices. This includes regular brushing, flossing, and professional dental cleanings. 

Q: Is gum disease contagious?  

A: Gum disease itself is not contagious, but the bacteria that cause gum disease can be spread through saliva. It’s important to maintain good oral hygiene and avoid sharing eating utensils or engaging in activities that could transfer saliva. 

Q: What are the risks if gum disease is left untreated?  

A: If left untreated, gum disease can lead to more serious health problems, including tooth loss, infection, and even increased risk of heart disease and diabetes. It’s crucial to address symptoms early and seek professional dental care. 

Q: Can changes in diet help with gum disease?  

A: Yes, a healthy diet can support gum health. Eating a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals, especially Vitamin C and calcium, can help reduce inflammation and strengthen the gums and teeth. 

For more information or to schedule a consultation, please contact Concierge Dental. We’re here to help you achieve and maintain a healthy smile. 

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