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With the busy holiday season in full swing, it is important to make sure your oral health is as it should be. Periodontal disease, also called gum disease, can have unpleasant consequences on our oral health, and there’s no time like the present to protect against periodontal disease. Below are some questions and answers to help guide you through the issues of gum disease:

Question: What are some of the symptoms of gum disease?

Answer: You should look for: swollen gums that bleed easily, severe bad breath that is hard to remove, teeth that are sensitive or loose, gums that are pulling back from the teeth, and any conditions that make chewing painful or difficult.

Question: What are some of the risk factors for developing gum disease?

Answer: Risk factors include: smoking or chewing tobacco, hormonal changes typically seen in women and young girls, diabetes, any medications or foods that can cause dry mouth, genetics, and a poor diet.

Question: What are some options to prevent gum disease?

Answer: It is important to brush twice daily. You should also floss daily with dental floss or a dentist-approved flossing device. Also, make sure to attend your regularly scheduled oral exams and visit your dentist for regular professional cleanings.

Our team at Lavista Park Family Dentistry is here to help you with all your oral health care needs. If you would like an oral exam from Dr. Ayesha Rahman, we can be reached via phone at (770)-939-5122 in Tucker, Georgia. We wish you a healthy, happy, holiday season!