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Periodontal disease, often called gum disease, is an infection within your mouth that can play out over a long series of time before it is often treated. Typically, gum disease is caused by bad oral hygiene, but it can also be caused by the foods you eat and the habits you maintain. Listed below are some common questions about gum disease:

Question: What are some common symptoms of gum disease?
– Gum disease can typically be seen in your gums, but it can also be felt. Tooth or gum sensitivity are common signs of gum disease. Other common symptoms include wobbly teeth, receding gums, bleeding gums, constant bad breath, and excessively red or swollen gums.

Question: What bad habits are likely to cause gum disease?
– Along with many other habits, those most likely to ruin your gums are smoking and chewing tobacco and recreational drugs.

Question: Can prescription medications cause gum disease?
– Yes, they can. The most common reason medications put you at an increased risk for gum disease is because they can cause your mouth to become dry. Dry mouth increases your risk of gum disease.

If you are in need of gum disease diagnosis and treatment, please stop by Redwood Dental for an oral exam from Dr. Troy Walton and our team at our amazing dentist facility in Providence, Utah. Schedule your visit by calling us at 435-571-0288. Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful day!