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Many people are familiar with the term gum disease, but did you know gum disease can lead to bone loss in your jaw? Well, it’s true! Bone loss can occur if left untreated for too long. Gum disease is a condition that needs medical attention and our doctor, Dr. Tina Foss here at North Mesquite Dental in Mesquite, Texas, is here to help you manage and understand this terrible condition.

Gum disease is a type of infection in your gums. Your gums support and hold your teeth, which means this infection can have devastating damage to them. Did you know, gum disease is a leading reason for tooth loss among adults? Usually, gum disease has no pain in the early stages, so it is difficult to detect if you have it yourself. The good news is there are warning signs such as persistent bad breath, tender gums that bleed easily, red or swollen gums, any change in tooth alignment, or teeth that seem to separate from the gums. If you have any of these warning signs, please come to our office as soon as possible, so we can help you treat this disease.

Gum disease may often be generated by specific factors such as poor oral hygiene, tobacco of any kind, pregnancy, diabetes, and even some medications can trigger situations like dry mouth, which can also lead to gum disease. That is why brushing and flossing your teeth daily is imperative to maintaining positive oral health.

If you choose to ignore gum disease, you could risk losing your teeth or even suffer bone loss making restorations difficult. As a result, if you have any signs or symptoms, give us a call today at 972-686-6477 so we can help you with your treatment plan and restore your oral health as soon as possible.