Do You Have Periodontal Disease?
You may not realize that persistent swollen, red or bleeding gums, tooth sensitivity, and bad breath are warning signs of periodontal (gum) disease -- a serious infection that, left untreated, can lead to tooth loss.

Other symptoms also can help to determine if you have periodontal disease -- jot your answers to the following questions to find out!

  • Do you ever have pain in your mouth?
  • Do your gums ever bleed?
    • When you brush your teeth?
    • When you eat hard food?
  • Have you noticed any spaces developing between your teeth, esp. your front teeth?
  • Do your gums ever feel tender or look swollen?
  • Have you noticed if your gums have pulled back from your teeth?
    • Are your gums receding?
    • Do your teeth appear longer?
  • Do you have persistent bad breath even after brushing and using mouth wash?
  • Have you noticed pus (whitish fluid) between your teeth and gums?
  • Do you notice the way your teeth fit together when you bite?
    • Have you noticed any change?
  • Do you ever develop sores in your mouth?

Don't let periodontal disease take away your smile. If you answered yes to any of these questions, get a periodontal evaluation right away -- and help save your natural teeth!

If you've already lost a tooth to periodontal disease, you may be interested in dental implants --the permanent tooth replacement option.


Richard Mao, D.M.D.
Practice Limited to Periodontics
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402 Severn Bldg.
8600 La Salle Rd.
Towson, Md. 21286
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Bel Air, Md. 21014
Tel:(410) 879-6969