Great-looking smiles have attractive teeth. Gum disease can rob you of that amazing smile.

You don’t want that to happen and neither do we. That’s why we are sharing some facts you should know as part of Gum Disease Awareness Month.

Most People Will Experience Gum Infections

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly half of adults 30 years and older have periodontal disease. Around 7 in 10 people 65 years and older have gum health issues.

Periodontal Disease Has Many Symptoms

In the early stages, your gums can appear red and swollen (as opposed to pink and firm). They also may bleed when you brush or floss. As the condition worsens, you may have:

  • Sore or tender gums
  • Pimple-like bumps on your gums
  • Changes to how your teeth fit together
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Loose teeth

Gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss. Don’t wait to seek treatment if you notice signs of infection.

It is Treatable & Preventable

To reduce your risk of gum disease, be proactive about your oral health. Brush your teeth twice per day. Floss every day. Visit our dental office at least a couple of times per year for professional cleanings and exams. Know that if we notice anything suspicious, you can get help from us right here.

Call Pierce & Knight Family Dentistry at 913-251-9683 to request an appointment in Lenexa, KS.