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Are you struggling with bad breath or tender gums? If so, you could be experiencing early signs of gum disease. Gum disease is a serious oral health problem that can in most cases be avoided with proper oral health care. To help you learn more about gum disease, Drs. Ciaglia, Murphy and our team here at New Lenox Dental Group in New Lenox, Illinois, are happy to give you some basic information on gum disease and how to avoid it.

Gum disease is an infection in your gums that support your teeth. Did you know, gum disease is a major reason for tooth loss among adults? Well, it’s true! In many cases, gum disease has no pain, so it is difficult to detect if you have it yourself. However, there are warning signs such as persistent bad breath, red or swollen gums, tender gums that bleed easily, any change in tooth alignment, or teeth that seem to separate from the gums. If you have any of these signs, please come into our office right away, so we can help you treat this condition.

Gum disease is often triggered by things such as poor oral hygiene, pregnancy, diabetes, tobacco of any kind, and even some medications can lead to situations like dry mouth, which can also lead to gum disease. That is why brushing and flossing your teeth each day is essential to maintaining oral health.

If you have any questions or would like to speak to a professional, please call our office today at 815-485-2345 to set up a consultation. Our team stands ready to take your call and help lead your smile back to positive oral health.