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Periodontal disease is one of the major causes of tooth breakdown. As many as 47.2 percent of U.S. adults 30 or older live with some form of periodontitis, so we’re constantly treating it in our Toms River, New Jersey, office. Here are some basics on gum disease to assist you to recognize what you can do to alleviate your risk for forming swollen, bloody gums.

If you have a form of gum disease, you’re not alone. Some estimates by the Center for Disease Control estimate that approximately 70 percent of U.S. adults 65 and older have gum disease. Men account for 56.4 percent of periodontal disease in the U.S., with women making up the other 38.4 percent.

Identifying gum disease can be tough since symptoms might not manifest in early phases. Be alert if you sense any of the following: tender gums or painful teeth-brushing, bleeding gums, loosening teeth or a change in the placement of your bite, receding gums or teeth that look longer than normal, or mouth sores or fluid around the pearly whites and gums. If you think you may have periodontal disease, ask us to examine your gums and inspect your risk factors.

Periodontal disease is typically preventable with good oral hygiene. Brushing your chompers and flossing after meals, using mouthwash, and visiting your dentist regularly will assist you in avoiding periodontal disease and related side effects.

At Oak Ridge Dental Group, we’re here to assist you in the fight against periodontal disease. Dr. Christopher Lillo and our staff are trained to work with periodontal disease, so please don’t hesitate to set up your next checkup with us by calling 732-341-1120 now.