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Did you know that gum disease is one of the most common oral health problems today? In fact, almost half of people over 30 have an advanced form of gum disease called periodontitis. Many people may not think it is all that serious if so many people have it and it doesn’t make the evening news, but gum disease can have disastrous effects on your oral health, and even influence other health conditions.

Gum disease is caused by bacteria that accumulate in the mouth. Over time, they form a sticky substance known as plaque. This is the same substance responsible for much tooth decay. The bacteria irritate gum tissues, eventually causing an inflammatory infection. This is manifested by red, tender gums that bleed easily. Pain, however, is not usually an early sign, so many people do not think they have a problem.

If left alone, gum disease can advance to the point that it causes irreversible damage to gum tissue and even bone material. This eventually can result in the loss of teeth. Gum disease has also been linked as a complicating factor in heart disease and diabetes.

At Scholes Family Dental, we offer treatment for gum disease, including advanced plaque removal techniques. If you have noticed potential signs of gum disease or would like to know more about its prevention, please call our Couer d'Alene, ID, office today.