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A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), shows that nearly half of all Americans over the age of 30 have some form of gum disease.

The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. Some of the symptoms include red, swollen and bleeding gums. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should contact your dentist for an appointment before the disease develops into a more severe form of disease called periodontitis. Left untreated, your gum disease can lead to lost teeth and other health problems.

You can avoid gum disease by keeping up with your oral hygiene routine. This means brushing twice a day for two minutes at a time, holding your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle. You should also floss at least once a day. If you wear braces you should brush and floss 30 minutes after every meal and snack.

During your appointment, the dental hygienist will clean your teeth to remove the plaque and tartar. Then your dentist will examine your teeth and mouth for problems such as gum disease. One way to check for gum disease is to measure the area between your gums and your teeth. Depending on the size of that area, your dentist may suggest a treatment for gum disease.

If you are concerned about gum disease, our periodontist, Dr. Ali M Arastu will be happy to see you for treatment. Please contact Periodontal Consultants at 215-463-6677 to make an appointment, or come by our office in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.