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You probably know that you could have to deal with gum disease if you don’t care for your teeth well. However, did you know that even if you do practice great oral hygiene, you could still need to face this issue? Gum disease can be caused by a number of issues, including illnesses and genetics. And since many individuals don’t know they have gum disease, they could eventually have to face periodontitis as well.

If bacteria gets beneath your gum line you could have to cope with a gum infection known as periodontitis. Sadly, periodontitis can lead to a number of serious issues. In fact, if you have periodontitis, your gums and the ligaments that hold your teeth in place could be damaged. As you may have guessed, this issue can eventually lead to tooth loss. Periodontitis can only be properly treated by a dental professional.

Luckily, gum disease can be fairly easy to reverse, especially if it’s recognized and addressed early. You may simply need to change something in your diet or adjust your oral hygiene routine to reverse the effects of gum disease. However, in other instances, you may need professional help. Frequently, this help may be nothing more than a routine cleaning, although more severe cases of gum disease could require a deeper cleaning or even surgery.

Please remember that gum disease is relatively easy to treat if it’s caught early. This is one reason it’s important for you to visit our team once every six months. If you are interested in learning more about how you could prevent or address gum disease, or would like to schedule an appointment with us, we invite you to contact Montgomery County Periodontal Associates at (936) 756-1669. Dr. Miles Mason and our team are excited to hear from you soon.