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GUM CARE

February 1, 2013

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The most common cause of gum disease is when excessive bacteria buildup in your mouth and create excess plaque and your body is unable to fight the infection

 

When people do not practice proper dental hygiene, bacteria in the mouth form plaque on the teeth. These bacteria may cause your gums to become inflamed, which results in red, swollen, or bleeding gums. For many people with gingivitis, this inflammation is not painful.

 

If you catch gingivitis early, it can be reversed and healed with proper oral hygiene. But left untreated, gingivitis can worsen and ultimately lead to tooth loss. Be sure to seek medical attention if you have the following symptoms, even if you are not experiencing any discomfort:

 

1Formation of deep pockets between teeth and gums

 

2Gums that bleed during and after tooth brushing

 

3Loose or shifting teeth

 

4Persistent bad breath or bad taste in the mouth

 

5Receding gums

 

6Red, swollen, or tender gums

 

 

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