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Gum Disease: Recognize, Remedy, Reverse It

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Because gum disease is usually painless, you may not know you have it. Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth. It is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. Also referred to as periodontal disease, gum disease is caused by plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that is constantly forming on our teeth. Here are some warning signs that can signal a problem:gums that bleed easilyred, swollen, tender gumsgums that have pulled away from the teethpersistent bad breath or bad tastepermanent teeth that are loose or separatingany change in the way your teeth fit together when you biteany change in the fit of partial dentures Some factors which can increase the risk of developing gum disease are:poor oral hygienesmoking or chewing tobaccogeneticscrooked teeth that are hard to keep cleanpregnancydiabetesmedications, including steroids, certain types of anti-epilepsy drugs, cancer therapy drugs, some calcium channel blockers and oral contraceptives The early …