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Many people think that gum disease is an obvious condition where gums are majorly tinged and pearly whites are falling out, but that’s not always the truth. Periodontal disease comes in several varieties and starts quite subtly. Learn about gum disease by reading this information we’ve amassed for you.

Identifying periodontal disease can be hard, but if you sense two or more of these signals, you may have gum disease. Symptoms include bloody, red, swollen and/or tender gums, bad breath or a metallic taste in the oral cavity, gums with pouches of pus or infection, gums that are receding or teeth that look longer than usual and wobbly or lost pearly whites.

Gingivitis and periodontitis (two severities of gum disease) can both last a lifetime, though it’s unlikely that gingivitis would last that long since it usually progresses to periodontitis or is healed. Unfortunately, periodontitis tends to be chronic, and when you’ve got it, you typically have to pay attention to it for life. With the assistance of your dentist, monitoring periodontitis doesn’t have to be tricky.

If you haven’t scheduled your next visit to Dr. Hoang Truong‘s office, please give the team at Gateway Oaks Dental in Sacramento, California, a call now at 916-649-0249 to pencil in your next checkup. They’ll treat you right and help you wear the smile that you deserve.