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Periodontal disease is one of the major causes of tooth decay. As many as 47.2 percent of U.S. adults 30 or older live with some form of periodontitis, so we’re constantly treating it in our Centennial, Colorado, office. Here are a few basics on gum disease to help you to recognize what you can do to lessen your risk for forming swollen, bloody gums.

If you have a form of gum disease, you’re not alone. Some estimates by the Center for Disease Control estimate that about 70 percent of U.S. adults 65 and older have periodontal disease. Men account for 56.4 percent of gum disease in the U.S., with women accounting for the other 38.4 percent.

Identifying gum disease can be difficult since symptoms may not manifest in early phases. Be wary if you detect any of the following: tender gums or painful teeth-brushing, bleeding gums, loosening chompers or a change in the placement of your bite, receding gums or chompers that look longer than normal, or mouth sores or fluid around the pearly whites and gums. If you believe you may have gum disease, ask us to examine your gums and check your risk factors.

Gum disease is typically preventable with good dental hygiene. Brushing your teeth and flossing after meals, using mouthwash, and visiting your dentist regularly will aid you in avoiding periodontal disease and related side effects.

At Peak Dental Care, we’re here to assist you in the battle against gum disease. Dr. Scott Lindsay and our staff are trained to work with periodontal disease, so please don’t hesitate to schedule your next visit with us by calling 720-489-0797 now.