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Periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease, can wreak havoc on your holiday season. If you suffer the effects of gum disease, eating foods can be difficult, so don’t let gum disease ruin your holidays. Take the steps now to protect your teeth and gums from any further harm. Listed below are some commonly asked questions concerning gum disease:

Question: What are some of the symptoms of gum disease?

Answer: You should look for: swollen gums that bleed easily, severe bad breath that is hard to remove, teeth that are sensitive or loose, gums that are pulling back from the teeth, and any conditions that make chewing painful or difficult.

Question: What are some of the risk factors for developing gum disease?

Answer: Risk factors include: smoking or chewing tobacco, hormonal changes typically seen in women and young girls, diabetes, any medications or foods that can cause dry mouth, genetics, and a poor diet.

Question: What are some options to prevent gum disease?

Answer: It is important to brush twice daily. You should also floss daily with dental floss or a dentist-approved flossing device. Also, make sure to attend your regularly scheduled oral exams and visit your dentist for regular professional cleanings.

Our team at Jackson Dental is here to help you with all your oral health care needs. If you would like an oral exam from Dr. Robert Jackson, we can be reached via phone at 972-492-1064, or you can set up an appointment at our office in Carrollton, Texas. Our dedicated staff is here to help you get the smile you deserve!