Do You Have Gum Disease?

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MINT HILL, NC – When people think about “gum disease”, it is easy to assume that it only affects the oral cavity. However, people who suffer from this disease are more susceptible to other health concerns. According to the CDC, gum disease (or periodontal disease) is “mainly the result of infections and inflammation of the gums and bone that surround and support the teeth.” It can exacerbate conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, respiratory disease, and Alzheimer’s due to systemic inflammation. Untreated gum disease can not only lead to a series of health problems but can cause bleeding gums, infection, missing/loose teeth, bad breath, and more. In the US, almost 50% of adults over the age of 30 show some signs of gum disease. And just like with any disease, gum disease is more manageable when diagnosed and treated early on. Despite how common the disease may be, there are factors within your control that can reduce the risk of developing this disease:

  • Maintain good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly
  • Visit the dentist on a regular basis for checkups and the appropriate cleaning
  • Avoid using tobacco products
  • Eat a well-balanced meal with the necessary nutrients

Not sure if you have gum disease? Give our office a call at (704) 565-9512 or visit our website at to schedule an appointment for an evaluation. Our team at Dawson Modern Dentistry takes your health seriously by performing a thorough examination of your oral health condition and needs. Do you have a missing tooth? Make sure you tune in next week as we discuss tooth replacement options.

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Ashley Dawson
Dr. Ashley Dawson is a general dentist and practice owner of Dawson Modern Dentistry (DMD) located in Mint Hill, NC. Dr. Dawson has taken a different approach to dental visits through the use of technology to ensure a more comfortable and engaging dental experience. The team at DMD is committed to continuing education in order to offer more services to patients while constantly improving the quality of care. Additionally, Dr. Dawson and her team are focused on quality dentistry and lifelong relationships with their patients.