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According to data from the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 50 percent of Americans age 30 and over suffer from gum disease.

The early stages of gingivitis begin with swollen and bleeding gums. If it is into treated, it can develop into a more severe form of gum disease called periodontitis, which carries with it the risk of tooth loss. If your gums bleed when brushing or flossing that may indicate presence of gum disease, and you should schedule an appointment with your dentist

You can prevent gum disease by brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing once a day. When you brush, hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your teeth, and spend two minutes flossing. It’s also important that you see your dentist at for your regular cleanings and examinations. During your dental visit, the hygienist will remove the plaque and tartar that you may have missed while brushing. Then, the dentist will examine your mouth and teeth for signs of periodontal disease. The dentist will measure the space between your gums and teeth, and if the space is too large, you may need to be treated for gum disease.

If you want more information about gum disease, Dr. Sean P Avera would be happy to help you. Please contact our office to make an appointment at: 530-885-0953, or come by our office in Auburn, California.