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Can gum disease lead to tooth loss? The truth is that gum disease, also called periodontal disease, can result lost teeth, as the disease weakens your gums, allows your teeth to loosen, and eventually fall out.

Preventing gum disease includes routinely checking for its signs and symptoms. If left untreated, gum disease can advance to periodontitis, tooth loss and severe infection. If you notice any changes in your mouth, specifically with your gums, speak with your dentist as soon as possible.

Look for red, swollen, or bleeding gums as they are usually a sign that something is not right. If your gums frequently bleed, or if they have receded from your teeth, gum disease may be the cause. If you have consistent bad breath or have any teeth that are loose, schedule an exam with your dentist to check for gum disease.

Make sure to take good care of your teeth and gums. For more information about gum disease, or to schedule an exam with Dr. James McAllister and our team at East Indianapolis Dental Associates, give us a call at 317-357-8548. Our office is conveniently located in Indianapolis, Indiana. Every day is another chance to improve your oral health.