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Always check your smile for signs of gum disease. Does it look like your teeth are getting longer or your gums are becoming rosier with color? If you have not been caring for them with a suitable amount of attention, it is possible you are beginning to experience signs of gum disease. Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, results from an infection to your gum tissues. If left untreated, it is possible for your gums to become destabilized and cause tooth loss.

Protect your pearly whites at all times from gum disease. Look for these signs and symptoms:

– Always check your gum tissue on all corners of your mouth for evidence of swelling, tenderness, and a general increase in redness.
– Exercise caution with any medications you may take, as they can often cause dry mouth symptoms, a known basis of gum disease.
– Watch for signs of bleeding when eating foods or practicing oral hygiene habits such as brushing and flossing.
– Carefully inspect all of your teeth to guarantee they are not loose, wobbly, or rotating.
– Study the length of your teeth to ensure they are not becoming longer as the result of your gums pulling back away from them.
– Keep track of how often you have bad breath, as recurring bad breath can often be a sign of gum disease.
– Avoid perilous habits for your teeth such as smoking and chewing tobacco, as they can greatly increase your risk for gum disease.

If you would like to discuss gum disease with Dr. Michael J Leahy and the rest of our team, please schedule an appointment to come see us at our dentist office in Columbus, Ohio. Our number is 614-848-4900. We look forward to helping you decide which options will work best in your quest for a healthier smile.