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Having gum disease is no picnic. However, did you know many people suffer from early stages of gum disease and don’t even realize it? Well, it’s true! Gum disease is a serious condition that can lead to serious effects if left unchecked.

Our professional and friendly staff here at Pleasant Valley Dentistry in Peoria, Arizona, wants to discuss the importance of gum disease and inform you of all the harm it can cause to your oral health. First, there are two types of gum disease: gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is a form of gum disease that only affects your gums and the soft tissue area of your smile around your teeth. Periodontitis is more dangerous to your oral health. Periodontists affect your gums and the bone structure of your jaw bone that supports your teeth.

To help you understand the problems that can occur with gum disease easier, our team has developed this list of things that can happen to your smile if you develop gum disease and let it go untreated. This list includes:

-Red, swollen gums
-Bleeding gums
-Having loose teeth
-Pus coming from your gums
-Bad breath
-A change in your teeth and bite
-Losing a tooth
-Bone loss

Many things can cause gum disease. Some of these things include:

-Neglecting your brushing and flossing habits daily
-Avoiding your regular dental checkups
-Smoking or using any tobacco can increase risks and can lead to oral cancer
-Eating foods that are sticky and stick to your teeth.
-Having too much plaque and tartar buildup creating cavities
-Neglecting treatment of cavities
-Women who are pregnant are also at a higher risk, along with anyone suffering from diabetes, cancer, and other serious illness.

If you have questions about gum disease or feel that you are experiencing any symptoms of it, please call us right away at 623-561-1470. The good news is this disease is treatable and oftentimes can be reversed. With treatment, your smile can go back to being healthy and bright just in time for the new year. Our professional staff is happy to address any questions or concerns pertaining to your oral health, and give you a calm and satisfying experience as you undergo treatment. So, call us today and take the first step to positive oral health.