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Gum disease is caused by plaque bacteria in the mouth and is usually painless.People who avoid regular dental visits, unless they feel pain, are typically hit hardest with the end-stage gum disease realities, namely tooth loss, once they finally do have pain and end up scheduling a dental appointment.

Warning signs:

  • gums bleed easily
  • gums look red or swollen, possibly tender to the touch
  • gums appear "pulled away" from the teeth
  • bad odor or bad taste in the mouth
  • teeth are loose
  • bite feels like it has changed
  • partial dentures begin to fit poorly
  • Note that it is also possible to have gum disease and have no warning signs.
  • Factors that increase risk:

  • poor homecare
  • tobacco use
  • family history
  • crowded teeth
  • pregnancy
  • diabetes
  • some medications
  • Gum disease severity ranges from Early to Advanced and Aggressive.It is most common in adults, affecting nearly 50% of the population, but can occur at any age. It usually gets worse slowly, but there can be periods of rapid progression.

    Regular dental checkups and examinations are critical. Treatment methods depend upon the type of disease and how far the condition has progressed at time of diagnosis.

    You don't have to lose teeth to gum disease. Brush your teeth twice a day, clean between your teeth daily, eat a balanced diet, and schedule regular dental visits for a lifetime of healthy smiles.

    See your dentist right away if you suspect you have gum disease because the sooner you treat it, the better the outcome.

    Gifford Family Dentistry

    1616 SW Sunset Blvd., Suite E

    Portland, OR 97239


    Tues.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

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