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How many facts do you know about gum disease? Do you find yourself unsure of what it is exactly? If so, you are not alone. Thousands of people are familiar with the term, and even fewer people understand the dangers it can bring. That is why our team here at Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Auburn Hills, Michigan, is happy to give you the information you need to avoid this disease and keep your smile in healthy shape.

First, there are two types of gum disease: gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is a form of gum disease that only affects your gums and the soft tissue area of your smile around your teeth. Periodontitis is more dangerous to your oral health. Periodontists affect your gums and the bone structure of your jaw bone that supports your teeth.

To help you understand the problems that can occur with gum disease easier, our team has developed this list of things that can happen to your smile if you develop gum disease and let it go untreated. This list includes:

-Red, swollen gums
-Bleeding gums
-Having loose teeth
-Pus coming from your gums
-Bad breath
-A change in your teeth and bite
-Losing a tooth
-Bone loss

Many things can cause gum disease. Some of these things include:

-Neglecting your brushing and flossing habits daily
-Avoiding your regular dental checkups
-Smoking or using any tobacco can increase risks and can lead to oral cancer
-Eating foods that are sticky and stick to your teeth.
-Having too much plaque and tartar buildup creating cavities
-Neglecting treatment of cavities
-Women who are pregnant are also at a higher risk, along with anyone suffering from diabetes, cancer, and other serious illness.

As you can see, this is a serious condition. If you feel you are struggling with any of these symptoms and would like to come in for an oral check-up, please call us today at 248-852-8766. Our staff is happy to help you in any way we can, by addressing any questions or concerns you may have pertaining to your oral care. By avoiding gum disease, you can keep your smile healthy with great dental habits like brushing and flossing regularly. Our staff is always happy to give you an oral exam and help keep your smile as healthy as possible. So, call us today and let us keep your smile healthy and safe from this disease.