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Millions of Americans suffer with some form of gum disease. Whether it’s gingivitis – a mild form of the disease – or full-blow periodontitis, far too many people live a disease that’s entirely preventable.

Here at Black Lake Dental, we’re dedicated to helping you avoid complications that may arise from gum disease. So let’s look at some of the symptoms of periodontitis.


Gingivitis is the first sign of gum disease. It occurs when plaque hardens around your gums and turns into tartar. Tartar can’t be removed at home, and if left on the surface of your teeth can cause inflammation of your gums, gums that bleed easily, and gums that are red and swollen.

This is the first sign that something’s wrong with your gums, and if you suspect you may have gingivitis, you need to see Dr. Eric Thiede as soon as possible to begin treatment.

Receding gum line

If you notice that your gums are receding away from your teeth, and even exposing the roots in some instances, this is another sign that you have advanced periodontitis. At this point, it’s hard to stop the infection from spreading and infecting other teeth, but you still need treatment as soon as possible.

At the end of the day it’s much easier to avoid gum disease altogether than to deal with its nasty side effects. If you’re worried about your gum health or want a consultation, call us today at 360-915-7353 for more information.