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How Can I Tell If I Have Gum Disease?

When asked to come up with common oral health problems, most of us would probably first think of damage that affects the teeth themselves, like cavities or structural cracks. Did you know, though, that nearly 80% of the population is suffering from gum disease? If that number seems too high, there’s a reason – most people who have this damaging condition don’t even realize it! While gum disease starts out as a relatively harmless problem, it can cause crucial damage to your dental health, including tooth loss. Here in Naperville, IL, Dr. Paul Caputo and his staff take gum disease very seriously; that’s why we want to offer you all the information we can about this threatening condition. Come in to see us today for thorough and gentle gum disease treatment that’s sure to give you something to smile about.

What are the symptoms of gum disease?

  • Red, swollen, or tender gums
  • Gums that bleed whenever you floss or brush
  • Bad breath that persists even after regular brushing, flossing, and mouthwash use
  • A sudden change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
  • Receding gums
  • Sores that appear inside the mouth

If these sound familiar, you should call our Naperville office as soon as possible to schedule an evaluation. Remember that in several cases, gum disease doesn’t exhibit any symptoms until it reaches the most advanced and destructive change, which is why regular check-ups are so important.

If you are suffering from gum disease, we have several non-surgical treatments that can help, including scaling, root planing, antibiotic therapy, and laser treatment, among others.

Don’t let gum disease ruin your smile – Dr. Caputo and his staff are committed to providing you comprehensive, concise care that puts your comfort first each and every time you come in to see us. Contact our Naperville office to schedule an appointment! We’re also happy to see patients from Bolingbrook, Aurora, Plainfield, and Romeoville.

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