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Gum disease affects almost half of all adults in the U.S. In its initial stages, gum disease may be painless, and you may not know you have it until you notice the symptoms. Those symptoms can include tender, swollen or bleeding gums, bleeding when you brush and floss, and gums that are bright red in color.

Obviously, gum disease affects your teeth and your mouth, and can even cause a loss of bone in your jaw. Loose and lost teeth can also be results of gum disease. However, it can have other implications for your health. Gum disease has been linked to clogged arteries and heart disease, which can increase your chances of suffering a stroke. If you are pregnant, gum disease could cause premature delivery or low birth weight in your baby. If you inhale the bacteria from gum disease you could develop respiratory problems. Gum disease can also make symptoms of diabetes worse.

How do you prevent gum disease? The best things you can do are to brush your teeth for two minutes at a time twice a day, floss at least once a day, and see your dentist for your regular cleanings and exams. Often, your dentist will be the first person to spot gum disease, which is why it is so important to see your dentist for your checkups. The treatment your dentist will prescribe will depend on the severity of your condition.

If you are concerned about gum disease, or if it has just been a while since you have been in the dentist’s chair, Dr. Morgan Family Dentistry will be happy to see you. If you would like to make an appointment at Morgan Family Dentistry in Richlands, North Carolina, call 910-324-1283 today to start planning your visit.