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Gum disease is an infection that attacks the gums and structures that support your teeth. If left untreated, this disease can lead to tooth loss. Dr. Jeffrey Lash, DMD may recommend treatment for gum disease if you have any of the following symptoms:

– Red, tender, inflamed gums
– Gums that bleed when you brush and floss
– Receding gums
– Gums that have pulled away from the teeth, causing a periodontal pocket to form
– Changes in your bite
– Pus coming from the gums
– Persistent bad breath or bad taste in the mouth

Bacteria and plaque that is not removed from the mouth is the main cause of gum disease. However, there are certain factors that can increase the risk for gum disease. These include:

– A family history of gum disease
– Tobacco use
– Crooked teeth or a bad bite
– Braces or a dental bridge, as these can make it difficult to care for your smile
– Teeth grinding or clenching
– Stress, as stress can weaken the body’s immune system so it is not as capable of fighting off infection
– Fluctuating hormones, such as during puberty and pregnancy
– Medicines that cause dry mouth
– Certain diseases
– Poor nutrition

If you suspect that you have gum disease or if it is time for your routine dental checkup with our dentist, contact The Gentle Dentist at 352-398-4064 today.