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By Phil Hart, DDS
May 28, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

More people have gum disease than you might thin. Read on to learn the signs.

Are you concerned that some changes in your gums could be trying to warn you that you have gum disease? With gum disease affecting nearly half of US adults, it’s important that you are diagnosed early on when gum disease may either be reversed or properly managed. In fact, gum disease is one of the most common reasons people visit our Bartlett, TN, dentist, Dr. Phillip Hart!

Are you at risk for developing gum disease?

While gum disease can happen to anyone there are certain factors that can increase your chances of developing gumGum Disease disease. These risk factors include,

  • Smoking
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Hormonal changes (e.g. pregnancy and menopause)
  • Diabetes
  • Certain medications (particularly ones that cause dry mouth)

What are the warning signs of gum disease?

Unfortunately, gum disease may be lurking but you may not notice any changes in your smile—this is why it’s important to visit our Bartlett office every six months for cleanings and checkups. During these routine exams, we can examine your gums and look for early warning signs that you may not have noticed.

Of course, it’s also important that you call us right away if you experience any of these symptoms,

  • Red and swollen gums
  • Gums that bleed, especially when flossing or brushing
  • Pain or tenderness when chewing
  • Persistent and unexplained bad breath
  • A receding gum line (teeth will appear longer than usual)
  • Loose teeth

It’s important that you see a dentist as soon as possible if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, especially because gum disease is easy to treat if caught early.

Concerned? Give us a call!

If you are concerned about the health of your smile, it’s important that you make an appointment with us as soon as possible. Our dental team here in Bartlett, TN, listens and understands your needs to make sure that you get the care you deserve each and every time you walk through our doors. After all, there’s a reason Dr. Hart keeps receiving the Best Dentist award year after year!

For treatment, dial (631) 979-7446.