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It is vital to take care of your gums if you want a healthy mouth. We normally talk about brushing and flossing for healthy teeth, but it turns out they are they key to taking care of your gums, as well.

Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is caused by an accumulation of plaque on teeth. Plaque is made of living bacteria, which converge into a sticky film. The bacteria erode teeth and can infect the gum tissue, resulting in periodontal disease.

There are many symptoms that could indicate gum disease. Some of these are:

-any change in the fit of dentures or your natural bite pattern
-permanent teeth that are loose or separating
-persistent bad breath (halitosis)
-gums that have pulled away from the teeth
-gums that bleed easily or that are red, tender, or swollen

To combat these symptoms (and the underlying disease process), it is imperative that you brush your teeth and gums twice a day, for 2 minutes each time. It is also very important to floss! Flossing cleans the plaque from between teeth and behind the back molars where your toothbrush can’t reach–both excellent breeding grounds for bacteria that cause gum disease.

For more information, call Lawrence Periodontics, LLC in Lawrence, Kansas, at 785-312-3820. Your periodontist , Dr. Jeffrey C. Hambleton, looks forward to keeping your smile strong!