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Gum disease is an infection of the tissue around your teeth. It’s caused by the buildup of plaque on teeth and gums. Some factors, such as pregnancy and diabetes, increase the risk of gum disease. However, gum disease is largely preventable and causes serious ramifications to your health when left untreated.

The common symptoms of gum disease include:

– red, swollen gums that bleed easily or have pulled away from the teeth
– persistent bad breath or bad taste
– adult teeth that are loose or separating
– any change in fit of your teeth when you bite
– any change in the fit of partial dentures

If left untreated, gum disease results in the rapid loss of tissue and bone, which ultimately leads to tooth loss and possible pulmonary issues. According to the American Heart Association, the buildup of plaque along gums is linked to atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), heart attack and stroke.

To treat gum disease, visit Kenneth M. Schweizer, DDS, PA in Sarasota, Florida. Kenneth Schweizer will perform a deep cleaning procedure known as scaling and root planing that will remove the plaque and tartar above and beneath your gums and smooth your tooth roots.

When it comes to gum disease, it’s best to be proactive. Maintain good oral habits by brushing and flossing daily and attending regular dental checkups. If you have any questions about gum disease or wish to schedule a checkup/cleaning, contact Kenneth Schweizer at 941-926-4888. We look forward to hearing from you.