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Is your smile ready to tackle the harvest season and all the holiday foods and sweets that come with it? Although your teeth may be in good condition, can you say the same about your gums? One particularly dangerous oral health condition known as gum disease can affect your mouth for many years before you finally realize it’s been attacking your smile.

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a form of infection that attacks your gum tissue. If left untreated, it can lead to irreparable tooth loss. To prevent damage to your natural teeth and gums, continually monitor your smile and any signs and symptoms that may appear. This includes early detection of the disease, including during an early stage which is commonly known as gingivitis.

As gum disease progresses, signs and symptoms can get worse. Always monitor any symptoms that include excessively red or flush gums, frequent bleeding from your mouth, blood spotting when brushing or flossing, recurring bouts of halitosis, or extreme tenderness with your gums. Additional symptoms include teeth that are loose and wobbly, and visual indications of your gums pulling back away from your teeth, exposing the roots.

No matter the gum disease treatments you desire, Dr. Allan Stevenson and our team at Trailridge Family Dental are here to give you the healthy smile you desire. If you would like to schedule an appointment to come see us at our dentist office in Parma, Idaho, please contact us at 208.806.0765 to speak with a member of our team. Visit us today, and enjoy the season with a smile!