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Periodontal disease, more commonly referred to as gum disease, is a common infection of the gums that can lead to tooth loss. Typical risk factors for gum disease include genetics, certain medications, unhealthy habits such as smoking, hormonal changes, and your age. The most common cause of gum disease is the buildup of plaque and tartar on your teeth.

In its early phases, gum disease can exist as gingivitis, often with little signs of the damage that it is occurring. Spotting gum disease early on is crucial to treating it.

Gingivitis is still serious, but with proper care, you can reverse the effects and repair your smile. Are your gums pink instead of red; are they or swollen, sensitive or sore?

Another symptom of gum disease is bleeding, especially when you are brushing and flossing. The next time you are going through your oral hygiene daily routine, be on the lookout for any signs of blood on your toothbrush, dental floss or in the sink.

If you would like our dentist, Dr. Doris Madrigal to examine you for gum disease, you can make appointment with DM Family Dentistry in Chicago, Illinois, by calling 773.252.5757.