How do I know if I have Gum Disease

It can be hard to know and you can have gum or periodontal disease without pain or symptoms. If you haven't been to a dentist in a while and rarely floss your teeth there is a good chance you have one of the stages of gum disease. 

You may notice your gums are bleeding, red in color or have some tenderness. Bad breath is another sign of periodontal disease. If you notice pus between your teeth and gums you have a problem and should be evaluated by the dentist.

Smoking can mask many of the signs and symptoms of periodontal disease until it's too late. I would encourage all patients to come in for a brief examination for any dental problem. Your dental problems are a lot easier to treat early when it starts than to wait until it's too late. The mouth is a window into the health of your body so make a New Years resolution to call the Levittown Dental Office and take care of your teeth and gums.

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Dr. Marc Gottlieb is one of Long Island's leading dental practicioners, specializing in helping those who feel anxiety or apprehension when visiting the dentist. He can be reached at