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The importance of preventing gum disease is vital to your oral health care. If your gum tissue begins to decay, the likelihood of further damage, including tooth loss, increases. Periodontal disease, commonly referred to as gum disease, happens in the advanced stages of tartar buildup that has continued its assault on your healthy teeth and gums. To prevent further damage, here are some guidelines to be on the lookout for:

To prevent further damage, here are some guidelines to be on the lookout for:

– A poor diet will not only increase your risk for gum disease but it can also increase your risk for a host of other issues. Always maintain a healthy and balanced diet.

– Diabetes can increase your risk for gum disease, along with a host of other diseases.

– Although you really cannot prevent hormonal changes, it is important to know that hormone changes in women and young girls can increase the chance for gingivitis to develop, which is an early stage of gum disease.

– Various medications can increase the risk of gum disease by causing your mouth to dry easier, preventing saliva from protecting your teeth and gums. Be sure to speak with your dentist at Pooley Dentistry about what medications you may be taking.

– Avoid smoking or chewing tobacco at all costs. Tobacco can cause gum disease, and can even lead to cancer or death.

Gum disease has many stages of severity, many of which can be reversed. To learn more or to schedule a visit with Dr. Steven Pooley, you can call our office in Loves Park, Illinois, by calling 815-968-5434 today. We offer the right services for the healthiest smiles!