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For most people, gum disease is something scary that they don’t understand and generally try not to think about. And while it isn’t pleasant to think about the problems that can come from gum disease, it is also important to understand how it works so you can make sure that you and your family are safe from the problems it can cause. The more you know, the better you will be able to do at preventing and treating gum disease and making sure that your teeth and gums have the care they need.

 

What is Gum Disease?

 

The first thing you need to know is what gum disease is. When you understand the basics of gum disease you will be in a much better position to take care of your teeth. Essentially, gum disease is an infection that is affecting your gums and your mouth in general. It is a pretty common disease, but it is also very serious, so it is important that you take it seriously. While the name implies that it only impacts your gums, it can also have an effect on your entire mouth and even your jaw, so it is important to try to avoid it if possible.

 

What Are the Symptoms of Gum Disease?

 

It can be difficult to prevent something that you don’t know you have, so it’s important you know the symptoms of gum disease as well. The most common symptom is that your gums will look and feel irritated. This means that your gums are likely to be red and puffy. You can also find that your breath worsens and that your gums are sensitive. One sign of serious gum disease is when you actually lose a tooth or experience another major oral issue. Seeking treatment early helps avoid these serious issues with much simpler procedures.

 

How Does One Prevent Gum Disease?

 

Once you understand how gum disease works, it is your job to try to prevent it for your mouth. The most important part of this is making sure you take care of your regular oral hygiene. This ranges from brushing your teeth twice each day to regular flossing and other tooth care. It is also important to make sure that you have regular dental checkups to make sure your teeth and gums are in the best possible condition.

 

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