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Gum disease is the swelling or soreness of the gums around your teeth caused by bacteria in plaque that forms on your teeth. Plaque can cause gums to appear and feel inflamed. By not removing plaque with daily brushing and flossing, it could cost you your teeth. However, the signs of gum disease are not always easy to see and can sometimes be painless. That’s why it is important to see your dentist regularly. Daily preventive care, including proper brushing and flossing, will help stop problems before they develop and are much less painful, expensive, and worrisome than treating conditions that have been allowed to progress.
In between regular visits to the dentist, there are simple steps that each of us can take to greatly decrease the risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease and other dental problems. These include: