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Here at Cory Williams, DDS in Wilmington, North Carolina, our team sees far more cases of gum disease than we’d like. It’s a surprisingly common disease, especially when you consider how easy it is to prevent gum disease.

We’re dedicated to helping you avoid the worst oral health problems, and keeping your mouth in great shape. To help you achieve that, we’ve put together this post that details what gum disease it, why it’s so dangerous, and what you can do to stop it.

What is it?
Gum disease is the name for any kind of infection or inflammation in your gums. The most common form of gum disease is gingivitis. This is simply red, inflamed gums that can bleed easily and are often sensitive to the touch.

What does it cause?
Gum disease can cause a myriad of health problems that aren’t just localized to your mouth. Most commonly, though, it causes severe inflammation of your gums, tooth decay, and even tooth loss. The bacteria that cause gum disease can often spread to other parts of your body, potentially infecting you elsewhere.

How do I stop it?
Maintaining a strict oral health routine is the best way to ward off gum disease. Brushing, flossing, and mouthwash use are simple but effective, tools for stopping gum disease.

We don’t want to see you in the office with gum disease-related problems; Dr. Cory Williams would much rather see you every six months for a regular cleaning. If you have any questions, you can get in touch today at 910-763-1072.