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Gum disease invades the gum tissues that encase your teeth and provide support and is one of the major causes of tooth loss in adult patients. Gum disease develops as a result of plaque, which is the sticky bacterial film that develops on the tooth enamel and is typically painless enough that many patients don’t realize they have the condition. To help you protect your smile, we invite you to learn more about the signs and causes of gum disease.

Warning signs of gum disease include:

– Easily bleeding gums
– Redness, tenderness, and swelling of the gums
– Gums pulling away from the teeth
– Chronic bad breath and a bad taste in the mouth
– Permanent teeth that feel loose or shift
– Changes in your bite

Certain risk factors can increase your likelihood of developing gum disease, such as:

– Insufficient oral care
– Smoking or chewing tobacco
– Diabetes
– Crooked teeth that are difficult to clean between
– Pregnancy
– Certain doses of medications

If you suspect that you may be suffering from gum disease, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Lymn at Dr. Andrew Lymn DDS today so that we can address the situation as soon as possible. A professional deep cleaning and proper brushing and flossing may be enough to treat early stages of gum disease.

Please feel free to call 562-866-6914 today to meet with our dentist and learn more about your options for treating gum disease in Bellflower, California.