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Gum disease is a serious infection that affects gum tissue and causes irreparable tooth loss. In many cases, gum disease may be painless and often go unchecked. Although gum disease usually doesn’t show up in an individual until their 30s and 40s, there are still warning signs that could indicate you may have gum disease even earlier:

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

— Does brushing and flossing make your gums bleed?

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

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

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

— Do your gums appear to be receding or pulling back from your teeth?

— Have you, or are you taking any kinds 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. Depending on the severity of the condition, Dr. McAllister may recommend additional professional dental cleanings, stepping up at-home oral hygiene, antibiotic treatment, scaling and root planing or gum surgery.

To schedule an oral exam with Dr. James McAllister and our team at East Indianapolis Dental Associates in Indianapolis, Indiana, please call us at 317-357-8548 today. The future of your oral health is yours to control, let us help make it great!