The Warning Signs of Gum Disease

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If you had the chance to prevent yourself from contracting a disease that millions of other American adults suffer from, would you do it?

Of course you would. The thing is, many people don’t. Protecting yourself from gum disease is as easy as regularly brushing and flossing, coupled with visits to Dr. Chris Fagan and the team at Brush Pediatric & Family Dentistry in Enid, state].

If you’re worried that you may already be dealing with gum disease, or want to keep a better eye on your oral health moving forward, these are great warning signs to be aware of.

Red, bleeding gums
If your gums are always a bit red, swollen, and bleed easily – especially when brushing – then this is nearly a surefire sign that you have an early stage version of gum disease. Known as gingivitis, it’s caused by built-up plaque that’s hardened around your gum line. Bacteria live in the plaque, eventually spreading to your gums and causing the swelling and bleeding.

Tooth infections
If you end up with an infected tooth – also known as an abscess – then you’re likely dealing with some type of gum disease. Not every tooth infection is caused by gum disease, but enough are that you if you get one, you should be concerned about what else is going on in your mouth.

Gum disease is incredibly preventable. If caught early, it can be treated, too. If you have any other questions or want to schedule an appointment with our dentist in Enid, Oklahoma, please call us today at 580-233-0043.