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Gum disease is caused by improper oral hygiene. When plaque and bacteria linger in your mouth to long, it inflames the gums and causes an infection. Gum disease is not always painful but it’s still a serious condition. In fact, many people are unaware they have gum disease until the symptoms become extremely severe. If left unchecked, gum disease can have serious impact on your health. Some results of gum disease include, constant bad breath, gums that pull away from your teeth, loose teeth, pus coming from your gums, and bleeding gums.

There are many causes of gum disease. Some causes include:

• Smoking, or tobacco use
• Lack of flossing
• Lack of brushing
• Poor nutrition with a diet high in sugars

As you can see, these causes are all things we can control within ourselves. By maintaining proper diet and hygiene habits, you can prevent and avoid this serious condition altogether. .

If you have any questions about gum disease, or are afraid you might have it, please contact your dentist today. Your dentist can also address any questions or concerns you have pertaining to your oral care, and assist you in overcoming any oral problems you might have. So, call us today and schedule an appointment. Let us give you a healthy smile.