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Do you have gum disease? If you said no, you may want to think again. Gum disease affects one out of every two adults in America, and it is preventable and treatable. But if it is not treated, you can suffer from loose or lost teeth, and damage to your jaw bone. Some of the symptoms of gum disease include bright red or even blue gums, tenderness, swelling and bleeding when you brush or floss

Gum disease can be caused by your genetics, diabetes or by hormonal changes. It can also be the result of tobacco use, and poor oral hygiene. In fact, the primary cause of gum disease is the accumulation of plaque and tartar on your teeth. Your gum swells in response to the presence of plaque, which only allows the plaque, and oral bacteria to build up under your gum line.

Gum disease can be prevented by properly brushing and flossing your teeth, and seeing our dentists, Dr. Robinson, Dr. Robinson, or Dr. Wolfgramm for your regular cleanings and exams. Gum disease can also be treated with medications or a two-step process known as scaling and root planing, which is also known as a deep cleaning. First, the dentist will remove the plaque and tartar from your teeth. Then, often during a second visit, he will clean and smooth the roots of your teeth. Afterward, your dentist may want to see you on a more frequent basis to check the condition of your gums. If you struggling with gum disease in Provo, Utah, you can call 801-373-2060 today to schedule an appointment at Robinson Wolfgramm Dental and get back on the road to oral health.