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Though normally gum disease is painless, it can still do damage to your mouth if it is not taken care of. It is caused by plaque buildup on teeth; plaque is a sticky film of bacteria which constantly forms on teeth and gum tissue.

There are many signs that could indicate gum disease. Some of these are:

— Gums that bleed easily
— Gums that are swollen, tender, red
— Gums have pulled away from teeth
— Persistent bad breath
— Permanent teeth that are loose or separating

Many issues increase your risk for gum disease. Hormonal changes such as pregnancy or menopause, diabetes, genetics, poor hygiene, crooked teeth, or smoking and chewing tobacco. Many medications also increase your risk, including steroids, some anti-epilepsy drugs, cancer therapy, oral contraceptives, or calcium channel blockers.

The sooner gum disease is treated, the better. Advanced gum disease can lead to bone loss and tissue loss in your mouth, and is much more difficult to treat than gingivitis. Schedule an appointment with your periodontist at once if you suspect gum disease at any stage.

To schedule an appointment, call Periodontal Consultants in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at 215-463-6677. Dr. Ali M Arastu and our team are happy to help you keep a healthy smile!