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When the gum tissues that surround and support your teeth are affected by gum disease, the result can be tooth loss. The cause of gum disease is the sticky bacterial film on teeth known as plaque, but the symptoms are typically painless and often don’t raise any alarm in patients who have gum disease. We want to help you keep your smile healthy by providing insight into potential signs and risk factors of gum disease.

Symptoms of gum disease may involve the following:

– Bleeding from the gums
– Swelling of the gums that are red and tender
– Gum recession
– Persistent bad breath or bad taste
– Loose permanent teeth
– A changing bite

Your likelihood of developing gum disease can be determined in part by certain risk factors:

– Poor oral care
– Chewing and smoking tobacco
– Diabetes
– Crooked teeth
– Pregnancy
– Some medications

Contact River Valley Dental at 208-357-7611 today if you suspect you may have gum disease in Shelley, Idaho. Dr. Bryce Hanson and our team want to evaluate your oral health as soon as possible so that we can detect the early stages of gum disease and treat it with conservative procedures such as deep teeth and gum cleaning. You are welcome to give us a call today if you have further questions about gum disease treatments or risks.