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In its advanced stages, periodontal disease can cause the loss of teeth and even the jawbone. It is a fairly common disease, fairly serious, and easily preventable. Here are some more details about the disease and some tips on how to prevent it:

Gum disease can progress unseen until it becomes rather serious. The first stage, gingivitis, is reversible, whereas the more advanced stage, periodontitis, is permanent. That is why keeping up with your six-month dental checkups is so vital to your oral health. Our staff in Waynesville North Carolina, is trained to catch gum disease early and help you reverse it with various professional treatments.

Some warning signs of gum disease consist of bleeding gums, swollen gums, puss in gums, loose teeth, gums receding from the teeth, and even tooth loss, leading to bone loss. If you see any of these symptoms, make an appointment with Dr. Joseph Conard immediately for diagnosis and treatment.

The best way to stop gum disease before it starts is to practice a regular oral hygiene routine. That means brushing your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and flossing once a day. Flossing, especially, is key to having healthy gums.

Here at Joseph R. Conard, DDS, we take your smile seriously. We want keep your smile healthy and strong to last your entire lifetime. If you have questions whatsoever, please call 828-452-1187 to set up an appointment with a member of our friendly team. We are always happy to help!