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Gum disease is an infection that attacks the gums and structures that support the teeth. If left to its own devices, this disease can lead to tooth loss. Our dentists may recommend treatment for gum disease if you have any of the following symptoms:

– Gums that bleed easily
– Gums that are red, tender, or swollen
– Gums that are receding from the teeth
– A persistent bad taste or bad breath
– Loose or separating permanent teeth
– A change in your bite

You should know that there are some factors that can increase your risk of developing gum disease. These include:

– A family history of gum disease
– Tobacco use
– Crooked teeth or a bad bite
– Braces or a dental bridge
– Teeth grinding or clenching
– Stress
– Fluctuating hormones, such as during puberty and pregnancy
– Medicines that cause dry mouth
– Certain diseases

If you suspect that you have gum disease, visit our dentists at Planet Smile today. It is ideal for gum disease to be treated sooner rather than later. The early stages of gum disease can usually be treated by a professional cleaning at our office and daily brushing and flossing at home.

Feel free to contact our dental office today to learn more about treatment for gum disease in Pflugerville, Texas, and to schedule your next appointment.