Did you know the leading cause of tooth loss for older adults is untreated or undiagnosed gum disease? Early signs of gum disease are halitosis (bad breath), gums that are swollen, tender, bright pink/red, or bleeding.
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, you should seek dental care immediately. Losing even one tooth to gum disease is unnecessary, particularly when early intervention is so successful.
Failure to brush or floss your teeth properly can lead to gum disease as well as cavities. If this is the case, more frequent professional cleanings can help prevent tartar buildup.