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Do you know how to spot the symptoms of periodontal disease, also called gum disease? Periodontal disease is a common oral infection that affects the gum tissue in your mouth. If left untreated, it can develop further, and in advanced stages, lead to tooth loss.

One of the first signs of gum disease arises with a change in the appearance of your gums. They may appear swollen, unusually red, and can often be sensitive or sore. As gum disease develops, the tissue around your teeth can loosen. If you have any wobbly or loose teeth, inspect your gums in the surrounding area. If they appear to be receding or pulling back away from the teeth, gum disease could be to blame. If you suffer from bad breath regularly, also known as halitosis, it may be an underlying symptom of gum disease.

Usually, gum disease won’t show up until an individual is 30-40 years of age, but some genetic dispositions and hormonal imbalances can make it arrive earlier. Beyond genetics, there are numerous things that can raise your risk for gum disease and the rate at which it occurs. If you smoke or chew tobacco, the chance of gum disease will increase.

To schedule your professional cleaning with Dr. Valerie Foster and our team at our dentist office in Aloha, Oregon, give us a call at 503.649.7011.