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Did you know that you could have gum disease and not even know it? This is in part because the symptoms of gum disease, particularly in the early stages, tend to be minor and are only felt after the disease has been harming your smile for quite some time. It is possible that a person could go years without noticing or paying attention to the signs of gum disease until damage has been done.

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a disease that affects the gum tissue in your mouth. Over time, it can destroy your gums and cause your teeth to fall out. If you are engaging in risky habits such as smoking or chewing tobacco or using recreational drugs, your risk for gum disease is greatly increased. Even medications that have been prescribed to you by a doctor can cause you to have dry mouth symptoms, which increase your risk for gum disease.

Spotting gum disease begins with knowing what to look for. If you have tender gums that bleed easily, this could be an indication of a serious issue. If you are constantly suffering from halitosis, also known as bad breath, gum disease could be the culprit. Be sure to maintain your diligent daily oral hygiene routine and your routine dental checkups to monitor your oral health for any changes that may occur.

Whatever your oral health needs, our team at Monticello Dental Center are here to help. Drs. Dean Calpas, Suzanne Hendrix, or Beth Amundson can give you a comprehensive oral examination to determine which procedure is best for you and your healthy smile. To schedule a visit to our dental office in Big Lake, Minnesota, please call 763-263-7100 today. A healthy smile is a happy smile!