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Although identifying periodontal disease can be difficult (because some symptoms may not manifest in early stages), there are some signs you can watch out for. Be cautious if you notice any of the following: tender gums or painful teeth-brushing, bleeding gums, loosening teeth or a change in the alignment of your bite, receding gums or teeth that look longer than normal, or mouth sores or pus around the teeth and gums.

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is more common than you might think. Some estimates by the Center for Disease Control suggest that as many as 47.2 percent of U.S. adults 30 or older live with some form of periodontitis. Approximately 70 percent of U.S. adults 65 and older have periodontal disease. Men account for 56.4 percent of periodontal disease in the U.S., with women accounting for the other 38.4 percent.

If you think you might be susceptible to gum disease, Dr. Daniel Holsteen can help you review your risk factors. Risk factors for periodontal disease include smoking, diabetes, genetic susceptibility, stress, grinding or clenching teeth, advanced age, certain medications affecting oral health, poor diet and obesity. Men have an increased chance of periodontal disease compared to women.

You can do your part to prevent periodontal disease by practicing good oral hygiene. Brushing your teeth and flossing daily, using mouthwash, and visiting your dentist regularly will help you prevent periodontal disease and related side effects. Stick to the dental hygiene essentials and your gums will stick to you!

To schedule a teeth and gum cleaning with our Mountain Shadows Family Dentistry office in Colorado Springs, Colorado, please call us at 719-598-3502.