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If you have gum disease, it is important that you have it taken care of immediately. The longer you wait to confront gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, the greater the likelihood of serious damage. Most importantly, always remember to practice your daily oral health care habits such as brushing and flossing.

Know the most common gum disease warning signs so you can be prepared in advance. They are:

— Are your gums easily enflamed, excessively red, or extremely tender?

— Do your gums tend to bleed when brushing or flossing?

— Do you continuously have bad breath or bad taste that simply won’t go away?

— Do your teeth often feel loose or has there been any fluctuations in your bite patterns?

— Are you susceptible to gum disease because of smoking or chewing tobacco, diabetes, or a pregnancy?

— Do your gums look as if they are receding or pulling back from your teeth?

— Have you, or are you taking any types of medication that can increase your risk for gum disease?

If you answered yes to any of the following questions, you may have, or be at a heightened risk for, gum disease. To schedule an oral exam with Dr. Jessica McConnell or Dr. Daniel Woolf please call 919-762-3239 today. At Langworthy Family Dentistry in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina, we believe in helping you achieve and maintain your healthiest smile yet!