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February Is Gum Disease Awareness Month  

February is Gum Disease Awareness Month and there are several reasons why it should be on our radar this month. Also known as periodontal disease, this condition affects more than half of the population over 30. Periodontal disease has been ranked as the fourth most common chronic condition in the United States by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And while it may not be life-threatening, gum disease can lead to tooth loss if left untreated.

Read on as a Midtown Miami, FL dentist discusses gum disease and signs to watch for so you can take appropriate action if and when symptoms develop.

What Is Gum Disease?

If you haven’t heard of gum or periodontal disease, don’t worry–that’s because it’s not something most people want to talk about! But if you want to keep your smile healthy and strong for as long as possible, then knowing how to prevent gum disease is crucial.

Gum disease occurs when bacteria build up around your teeth and gums, causing them to become infected by pathogens like plaque (think scum on the surface of your aquarium). Over time this infection can lead to tooth decay or even tooth loss if left untreated for too long.

What Causes Gum Disease?

Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums, caused by plaque. The bacteria in plaque irritate your gums and cause them to pull away from the teeth, forming pockets between them. 

If left untreated, these pockets can get deeper and wider over time until they become infected with harmful bacteria. Over time, this condition can weaken bone support for your teeth. If you have gum disease, it’s important for you to visit a dentist regularly so he or she can clean out those plaque pockets!

Signs of Gum Disease to Watch for

Periodontal disease is a serious problem, but it can be treated. If you have periodontal disease, you may have experienced some of the following symptoms:

  • Gingivitis (gum inflammation)
  • Tooth sensitivity to temperature or sweets
  • Bleeding gums when flossing or brushing
  • Loose teeth
  • Reduced ability to chew or bite food
  • Painful chewing or swallowing

If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s important to see a dentist right away so they can make sure there’s no permanent damage or tooth loss. 

And if you have more questions or wish to schedule a dental wellness exam, please don’t hesitate to call us, your local Midtown Miami, FL dentist, today!

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