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The holiday festivities have begun and so has the inundation of delicious meals and sweets we find ourselves surrounded with. Even so, it’s important to remember our oral health this holiday season and take care of our teeth and gums despite the distractions! 

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, can destroy your gums and cause tooth loss if it is left untreated. As you care for your pearly whites, so should you care for your gums with your oral hygiene habits. Here are a few answers for what you can do to prevent gum disease from stealing your smile. 

Question: What are some of the symptoms of gum disease?

Answer: You should look for: swollen gums that bleed easily, severe bad breath that is hard to remove, teeth that are sensitive or loose, gums that are pulling back from the teeth, and any conditions that make chewing painful or difficult.

Question: What are some of the risk factors for developing gum disease?

Answer: Risk factors include: smoking or chewing tobacco, hormonal changes typically seen in women and young girls, diabetes, any medications or foods that can cause dry mouth, genetics, and a poor diet.

Question: What are some options to prevent gum disease?

Answer: It is important to brush twice daily. You should also floss daily with dental floss or a dentist-approved flossing device. Also, make sure to attend your regularly scheduled oral exams and visit your dentist for regular professional cleanings.

Our team at Fox River Periodontics, PC is here to help you with all your oral health care needs. If you would like an oral exam from Dr. Kamy Noruzi, we can be reached via phone at 630-232-7400, or you can set up an appointment at our office in Geneva, Illinois. Get the smile you’ve always dreamed of by stopping gum disease today!