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Advanced gum disease affects over 47% of adults over 30 in the United States. To avoid being one of these people and combat gum disease, you must practice excellent oral hygiene. You must brush your teeth and gums twice a day, for two minutes each session. Be sure to use a very soft-bristled toothbrush; this will protect your gum tissues and tooth enamel. Using a medium- or hard-bristled toothbrush can damage your gum tissues and open them up for infection.

Floss your teeth! Some people consider it not as important as brushing, but they are definitely incorrect. Flossing cleans plaque from places your brush can’t reach, and thus must be done. These areas include between teeth and behind the back molars (both are breeding grounds for bacteria that cause gum disease).

Though gum disease is not always apparent, there are some signs that, if present, could indicate gum disease. Some of these are:

–persistent bad breath
–loose or separating permanent teeth
–any change in your bite pattern
–any change in the way your dentures fit
–gums that have pulled away from the teeth
–red, tender, swollen gums
–gums that bleed easily

If you suspect gum disease, see your Periodontist as soon as possible. The sooner you identify gum disease, the sooner it can be treated. Remember that sometimes you could have gum disease and not even know it! Make sure to schedule regular check-ups.

To schedule an appointment in Geneva, Illinois, call Fox River Periodontics, PC at 630-232-7400. Dr. Kamy Noruzi and our team look forward to seeing you and helping your mouth to wellness!