Dentistry Expert Dr. Jonice Thompson Withanachchi: Gum Disease


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How do I know if I have gum disease?


Gum disease is an infection of the tissues around your teeth (gums). It's caused by plaque buildup, a sticky film that continues to form around our teeth (from food + saliva).

Some symptoms are:

• easily bleeding gums

• swollen, tender gums

• Constant or persistent bad breath

• (Adult) Teeth becoming loose or separate

• Change in the way you bite down

• Change in the fit of your denture

Some factors that can increase the risk of developing gum disease are:

• Smoking

• Poor oral hygiene

• Crowded or crooked teeth that are hard to keep clean

• Diabetes

• Pregnancy

• Medications

The first stage of gum disease is called 'gingivitis', which is reversible. Be sure to talk to your dentist if you suspect you have gum disease!

Dr. Jonice Thompson Withanachchi
93 Route 183, Stanhope, NJ
973-448-8989
www.stanhopefamilydentistry.com




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