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Signs You May Have Gum Disease

Dr. Macon M. Singletary If you’ve been told you have gum (periodontal) disease, you’re not alone. In fact, according to a recent finding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of every two Americans aged 30 and over has periodontal disease. If you are one of those susceptible to periodontal issues, do not despair. Dr. Singletary is here to help. In our office, one of the first things we ask our patients is, “Have you noticed bleeding, swelling, or bad taste?”

Here’s a more comprehensive checklist to evaluate your periodontal health:

• Do your gums bleed when you brush or floss?
• Are your gums red, swollen, puffy, or tender?
• Do your gums no longer hug your teeth tightly?
• Do you have bad breath that won’t seem to go away?
• Do your teeth feel loose?
• Is there a change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite?
• Is there a change in the way your partial dentures fit?

If any of these describe you, what should you do? The American Academy of Periodontology recommends that every patient receive an annual comprehensive periodontal evaluation. At that time, we assess your risk for gum disease and diagnose existing issues. We determine a treatment plan that gives solutions and options. Dr. Singletary works with people every day to help them save teeth and give them the best gum health possible. Our office is open five days a week to help patients improve their periodontal health.