Gum disease is a widespread dental health issue that affects millions of people. In fact, the prevalence of gum disease is on the rise. Currently, over 67.5 million people have periodontal disease, with one out of every two adults displaying symptoms of the disease. Are you at risk of developing gum disease? We talk about the symptoms and offer a free quiz you can take online.

Try This Simple Quiz

To better understand your risks, the American Academy of Periodontology offers a simple, online quiz here: As part of their “Love Your Gums” program, they are spreading the word about the symptoms and risk factors of periodontal disease.

Warning Signs of Gum Disease

What are the warning signs of periodontal disease? Common symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Sore, red gums
  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Bad breath
  • Receding or swollen gums
  • Loose teeth or shifting teeth

If you encounter one or more of these symptoms, then consider scheduling a consultation with our office. We will perform a thorough diagnosis to assess the cause and severity of your symptoms, recommending the most appropriate treatment options.

Tips for Gum Disease Prevention

While the risk of developing gum disease increases with illness or certain medications, the most common cause is simply poor oral hygiene. By taking proper care of your teeth, you can reduce the chances of ever developing gum disease and suffering the serious complications, such as adult tooth loss. Here are a few steps for helping you maintain the health of your gums:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day
  • Floss at least once a day
  • Have a thorough cleaning at least every six months

About Periodontics Associates

With years of hands-on experience and focused training in surgical and non-surgical approaches to periodontal care, Dr. M. Randal Comeaux and Dr. Bryan S. Pearson provide exceptional care that places patient comfort first. We are passionate about periodontal health, and we will take the time to get to know you and discuss your condition and treatment options in detail. Contact our Lafayette, LA office at (337) 989-0267 or our Opelousas, LA satellite office at (800) 821-6503. We proudly serve patients throughout Acadiana.