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Have you even heard of periodontal disease? You may have but by a different name: gum disease. Gum disease is a dangerous, yet extremely common oral infection that affects many people all around the world. Gum disease can have serious consequences if left untreated, including permanent tooth loss.

Although gum disease is often associated with poor oral hygiene, it can go unnoticed in mouths for long bouts of time, without the user knowing it. This is because it can affect as little as a single tooth, which may consistently miss proper clearing techniques due to a variety of reasons. To help prevent this, always look for the various signs that gum disease is taking place.

Look for signs and symptoms of gum disease including swollen, red, flush, and easily damaged gums around your teeth. If they appear to be receding from your teeth, or constantly bleed, gum disease may be the cause. Gum disease also makes teeth wobbly, loose, and leads to bad breath symptoms that constantly recur, even after cleaning.

Dr. Timothy Erdle and our team at Institute of Dental Implants and Periodontics is here to give you the smile you want. If you would like to schedule an appointment to come see us at our dentist office in Gurnee, Illinois, please contact us at 847-662-3414 to speak with a member of our team. We look forward to improving your smile!