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Periodontitis, also called gum disease, is a common oral health threat in the lives of Americans. In fact, did you know that 47.2% of patients over the age of 30 have some form of gum disease? Well, it’s true!

What is it, exactly? Periodontitis is a serious infection of your gums and supporting bone. Gum disease occurs gradually and is usually painless, so it often goes ignored and is one of the main reasons for tooth loss in old age. It starts with gingivitis, which consists of swelling, red and bleeding gums. It then progresses to full-fledged periodontal disease, where gums slowly recede from the teeth and cause bone and tooth loss.

If you think you may have gum disease, the first thing to do is call Canton Dental Clinic in Canton, South Dakota at 605-987-2721. Dr. Chris Freed, will examine and treat your smile. The sooner it is caught the less damage can occur. Gingivitis can be reversed, but the second stage of periodontal disease can only be halted in causing further problems. Whatever your situation, daily habits of brushing and flossing are paramount in the prevention and treatment of gum disease.

If you have questions about your oral health or would like a professional dental checkup, please call our office today at 605-987-2721 to schedule an appointment.