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Gum disease attacks the gums and tissues that surround and support the teeth. This infection is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. Gum disease is caused by plaque, the sticky bacteria that form on the teeth. Gum disease is usually painless, so you may not know that you have it. However, there are some warning signs of this disease, including:

– Gums that bleed easily
– Gums that are red, tender, or swollen
– Gums that are receding from the teeth
– Persistent bad taste or bad breath
– Loose or shifting permanent teeth
– A change in the way your teeth fit together

You should be aware that there are some factors that can increase your risk of developing gum disease. These include:

– Poor dental hygiene
– Using tobacco products
– Diabetes
– Pregnancy
– Crooked teeth that are hard to clean properly
– Certain medications

If you believe that you have gum disease, schedule an appointment with our dentist at Higley Dental Care today. The sooner gum disease is addressed, the better. The early stages of gum disease can usually be treated by a professional cleaning and daily brushing and flossing.

We welcome you to call our office at 480-988-7007 today to learn more about treatment options for gum disease in Gilbert, Arizona, and to schedule an appointment with Dr. Zack Nimri.