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Gum disease is one of the most prevalent health problems in America. Ironically, it’s also one of the easiest to prevent. However, if you’re lazy about your oral hygiene, you’ll end up with some sort of gum disease.

Today, we’re going to take a deeper look at gum disease. We hope that this paints a picture of how easy it is to avoid it.

What is it?
Gum disease is what happens when the bacteria in your mouth take up residence in your gums. This causes them to become infected, which leads to decay of the gums and your teeth. After an appointment with a dentist, you’ll have a diagnosis on the severity of your gum disease.

What does it cause?
As mentioned above, gum disease causes quite a few problems. Notably, it infects your gums. These are the supporting structures for your teeth. Without healthy gums, you end up with teeth that can easily become infected. This will lead to tooth decay and loss, on top of destroying the structural integrity of your gums and jaw bone.

How is it treated?
When you come to see Dr. Bruce Smith or Dr. Samuel Carrell for gum disease treatment, you’ll have a few options based on the severity of your disease. Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease, and it’s usually really easy to treat. In other situations, a root canal or surgery may be required. Our team here at Bruce W. Smith, DDS in Houston, Texas, will work closely with you to determine the best course of action.

To learn more, or to make an appointment, call us today at 713-529-4364.