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How would you rank your oral health? Although you may think your oral hygiene habits are up to code, one of the best ways to determine if you’re brushing and flossing correctly is through regular check-ups to ensure that ailments such as periodontal disease have not arisen.

Periodontal disease is an oral health condition that results due to infected gum tissue. If your gums are damaged, excessive redness, tenderness, extreme sensitivity, and swelling may be present. It’s also important to check your gums for any signs of bleeding, or any bleeding that is present during brushing and flossing procedures. If any of these symptoms are present, periodontal disease may be the cause.

There are treatments you can begin immediately to prevent periodontal disease from taking hold. Beyond oral health care routines such as brushing and flossing daily, it is important to also lead a healthy lifestyle to ensure your teeth and gums remain in tip-top shape. This includes avoiding drug use and staying away from chewing or smoking tobacco. If you do not take care of your teeth and gums, and gingivitis progresses further into advanced stages of periodontal disease, advances treatments will be needed.

To learn more about periodontal disease treatments we offer, contact Dr. Smith and our team at Scott A. Smith DDS by calling us at 209-205-4657. If you would like an oral exam, our office is located in Merced, California. Our team of oral health care superheroes are here to help!