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Most people may have heard of gum disease, but may not know or understand why it is so important to avoid. That is why, our professional and friendly staff here at Copperstone Dental in Meridian, Idaho, wants to discuss the importance of gum disease and inform you of all the harm it can cause to your oral health.

First, there are two types of gum disease: gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is a form of gum disease that only affects your gums and the soft tissue area of your smile around your teeth. Periodontitis is more dangerous to your oral health. Periodontists affect your gums and the bone structure of your jaw bone that supports your teeth.

To help you understand the problems that can occur with gum disease easier, our team has developed this list of things that can happen to your smile if you develop gum disease and let it go untreated. This list includes:

-Red, swollen gums
-Bleeding gums
-Having loose teeth
-Pus coming from your gums
-Bad breath
-A change in your teeth and bite
-Losing a tooth
-Bone loss

Many things can cause gum disease. Some of these things include:

-Neglecting your brushing and flossing habits daily
-Avoiding your regular dental checkups
-Smoking or using any tobacco can increase risks and can lead to oral cancer
-Eating foods that are sticky and stick to your teeth.
-Having too much plaque and tartar buildup creating cavities
-Neglecting treatment of cavities
-Women who are pregnant are also at a higher risk, along with anyone suffering from diabetes, cancer, and other serious illness.

As you can see, gum disease is a serious condition, which is best to avoid if at all possible. To help you maintain your oral health, or if you currently suffer from gum disease and need treatment, please contact our office today at 208•376•5499 and schedule an appointment. Dr. Matthew Tuft is professionally trained to fight off this disease and help lead your smile back to positive oral health. So, call us today and make an appointment. We are always happy to assist you in any way we can.