02/05/2010  |  
Gum Disease, Do You Know the Signs?

Understanding the signs of gum disease can prevent needless worry and potentially save you both time and money for treatment. While many people think bleeding gums is caused by brushing too hard, the truth is that you would have to brush extremely hard to make healthy gums bleed. Bleeding when brushing, flossing, or even eating is a warning sign of gum disease. Other common symptoms include redness, swelling, and even having bad breath. The later signs of advanced gum disease include discharge (pus) between your teeth or gums, gums that are pulling back (gum recession) or away from your teeth, and even loose teeth. And to make matters worse, if you are a smoker, gum disease accelerates more rapidly. Whether you have one or several of these warning signs, you need to schedule an appointment as soon as possible for a thorough examination and treatment plan for returning your mouth to good oral health!

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