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How to Spot and Treat Gum Disease

May 2017

Taking good care of your teeth is important. Are you giving your gums the same attention? If your gums don't get the same TLC your teeth do, you could develop gum disease.

Gum disease is the inflammation of the gums. This can eventually affect the teeth and even bone. More than 75% of adult Americans have some form of gum disease, and many are unaware of it. So how do you recognize gum disease? Watch for some of these signs:

Catching gum disease early is the key! The early stages of gum disease can often be reversed with good oral hygiene combined with proper brushing and flossing. This helps prevent plaque buildup.

Take good care of your teeth! Scheduling regular cleanings (2 each year are recommended) can help your dentist catch and treat the early stages of gum disease before it becomes more serious.

Remember: The State of Texas Dental Discount Plan is not dental insurance. This discount plan allows you to pay a discounted fee at the time of service when you visit a participating network dentist. The State of Texas Dental Discount Plan can be used for routine and preventive care, specialty treatment and cosmetic services such as braces for children and adults, as well as teeth whitening. There are no limits on plan use, and savings start as soon as your plan takes effect.