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Gum disease is the primary cause of oral health decline. Although it starts off tiny, periodontal disease can fashion into a major problem if it’s not treated hastily. Since we are concerned about your dental health and wellbeing, we’ve put together this post about gum disease and what you need to know about it.

Side effects of periodontal disease can vary. Because blood appears in infected gums, you will probably spit out some bits of blood when brushing your pearly whites if you have periodontal disease. (Though bleeding gums can mean different things and aren’t always a sign of periodontal disease.) Another unfortunate side effect of gum disease is bad breath, also known as halitosis. Uneasiness felt when brushing or touching the gums is also a side effect of gum disease.

So when did we start attributing these effects to periodontal disease? Although the condition has existed for a very long time, scientists didn’t start knowing periodontal disease the way we do now until the late 1700s. Later, in 1875, dentist and scientist John T. Riggs wrote that periodontal disease is a “suppurative inflammation of the gums and alveolar process,” giving a definition to what we now refer to as periodontal disease. Multiple discoveries about gum disease, its prevention and its treatment have been made since then, and we’re continuing to learn more about it even today.

Have you visited our office in a while? For the greatest dental health, you should appointment the dentist at least two times a year. Please give Dr. Mark R. Sheils and the Fargo, North Dakota, Timber Creek Dental office a call at 701-232-6683 now to schedule your next appointment.

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