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Gum disease is an infection that attacks the gums and structures that support your teeth. If left alone, this disease can lead to tooth loss. Dr. Kevin Caldwell may recommend treatment for gum disease if you have any of the following symptoms:

– Gums that bleed easily
– Gums that are red, tender, or inflamed
– Gums that are receding from the teeth
– A bad taste or bad breath that will not go away
– Loose or separating permanent teeth
– A change in your bite

You should be aware that there are some factors that can intensify your risk of developing gum disease. These include:

– A family history of gum disease
– Using tobacco
– Crooked teeth or a bad bite
– Braces or a dental bridge, as these can make it difficult to care for your smile
– Teeth grinding or clenching
– Stress, as stress can weaken the body’s immune system so it is not as capable of fighting off infection
– Fluctuating hormones, such as during puberty and pregnancy
– Medicines that cause dry mouth
– Certain diseases
– Poor nutrition

If you suspect that you have gum disease in Webb City, Missouri, visit our dentist today.