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Periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease, is a serious yet common infection of the gums that can lead to tooth loss. In its early stages, gum disease can exist as gingivitis, often with little signs of the damage that is occurring. Spotting gum disease early on is important to ensure you take the steps necessary to treat it.

One of the first symptoms of gum disease is the appearance of the gums. They may appear swollen, unusually red, and can often be sensitive or sore.

Typically, gum disease won’t show up until an individual is 30-40 years of age, but some genetic dispositions and hormonal changes can make it appear earlier. Beyond genetics, there are some habits that can increase your risk for gum disease and the rate at which it occurs. If you smoke or chew tobacco, the chance of gum disease is increased. In addition, many medications could put you at an increased risk for the disease. Speak with your dentist to see which medications you are taking that could be putting you at risk.

If you seem to suffer from bad breath, also called halitosis, on a daily basis, it may be an underlying symptom of gum disease. Because the gums are rotting out, it can leave a nasty odor in the mouth that brushing and flossing alone may not be able to remove.

Another sign of gum disease is seen with the teeth. As gum disease progresses, the tissue around the teeth can loosen. If you have any wobbly or loose teeth, check your gums in the surrounding area. If they appear to be receding or pulling back away from the teeth, gum disease could be the cause.

If you notice signs of gum disease, fortunately it can be treated. Fine Periodontics remains committed to your oral health, and you are welcome to book an appointment with us by calling 864-299-5900. Stop by our dentist office in Greenville, South Carolina, and Dr. Norman B. Fine and our team will give you the treatment you need. Let us help you with all of your oral health care needs.