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Periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease, is caused by an infection of the gums due to poor oral hygiene, medicines, unhealthy habits, and other risk factors. It is important to stop gum disease in its early stages.

Over time, gum disease can damage your gums and cause your teeth to fall out. If you smoke or use other tobacco products, or use recreational drugs, your risk for gum disease is greatly enhanced. You should talk to your dentist about your prescription medications to find out if they have any side effects for your oral health.

Spotting gum disease begins with knowing what to search for. If you have tender gums that frequently bleed, this could be an indication of a serious issue. If you suffer from chronic or recurring halitosis, also known as bad breath, gum disease may be the root cause

If you would like to schedule a visit with Dr. John McAllister and the rest of our team at McAllister Dentistry, simply call our office at 828-322-6731 for an appointment in Hickory, North Carolina. The best smiles begin as soon as you start caring for them.