February is National Gum Disease Awareness Month

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a common oral health issue that affects many Americans. According to the CDC Nearly half (46%) of all adults aged 30 years or older show signs of gum disease; severe gum disease affects about 9% of adults. It is characterized by inflammation and infection of the gums and the bone that supports the teeth. Like other diseases, gum disease is progresses through stages.

Stage 1: Gingivitis.

Stage 2: Slight Periodontal Disease.

Stage 3: Moderate Periodontal Disease.

Stage 4: Advanced Periodontal Disease.

Here are some symptoms of of gum disease:

  • Extra red or purplish gums bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
  • Gum soreness
  • Bad breath (halitosis)
  • Unpleasant taste in mouth
  • Pain when chewing
  • Loose teeth, teeth shifting while chewing or a change in the way your teeth fit together.
  • Gum recession

If you are experiencing any of those symptoms, you may have late stages of gum disease. We want to emphasize the importance of early detection and treatment of gum disease. If left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss and even major health complications. However, by visiting MVP Family Dental regularly for check-ups and maintaining good oral hygiene practices at home, you can significantly reduce the risk of developing gum disease or keep it from progressing to later stages.

To prevent gum disease, it is crucial to brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and floss regularly to remove plaque from between the teeth. These simple steps can go a long way in maintaining your oral health and preventing gum disease.

If you have periodontal disease already, have no fear, MVP Family Dental can help. Dr. Thomas and Dr. Mathew along with the help of our highly trained and experienced dental hygienists can help you here in our office in Jenkintown.

At MVP Family Dental, we are committed to providing comprehensive dental care and educating our patients about the importance of gum disease prevention. If you have any questions or concerns about gum disease or would like to learn more, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. Our team is always available to provide you with the information and support you need.

You can contact us by phone at (215) 892-1438 or visit our website www.mvpfamilydental.com for more information on gum disease and our dental services. We are here to help!

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