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With the holiday season amongst us, it is important to continue to care for your teeth and gums. As you age, your teeth and gums become more susceptible to the dangers of periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease. If left untreated, gum disease can result in gum recession, loose teeth, and eventual tooth loss. Take the time this holiday season to practice effective oral hygiene.

Some of the important questions about gum disease include:

Question: What are some of the symptoms of gum disease?

Answer: You should look for: swollen gums that bleed easily, severe bad breath that is hard to remove, teeth that are sensitive or loose, gums that are pulling back from the teeth, and any conditions that make chewing painful or difficult.

Question: What are some of the risk factors for developing gum disease?

Answer: Risk factors include: smoking or chewing tobacco, hormonal changes typically seen in women and young girls, diabetes, any medications or foods that can cause dry mouth, genetics, and a poor diet.

Question: What are some options to prevent gum disease?

Answer: It is important to brush twice daily. You should also floss daily with dental floss or a dentist-approved flossing device. Also, make sure to attend your regularly scheduled oral exams and visit your dentist for regular professional cleanings.

Our team at Rick Friedrichs, DDS and Associates is here to help you with all your oral health care needs. If you would like an oral exam from Dr. Rick G. Friedrichs, we can be reached via phone at 281-205-4717, or you can set up an appointment at our office in Tomball, Texas. The path to a healthy smile starts today!