Gum disease can ravage the gums and can even result in tooth loss; it has also been linked to serious systemic health problems. It’s important to detect and treat gum disease in its earliest stages. The earlier that gum disease is detected, the easier that it is to treat.
Treatment for gum disease involves periodontal care. Dr. Gordon Bell has decades of experience providing patients with advanced periodontal care. Below Dr. Bell discusses gum disease symptoms that may mean you need periodontal care.
What Is Gum Disease?
Your gums play a crucial role in oral health. Gum disease, also known as periodontitis, occurs when bacteria forms plaque; a sticky, colorless or pale-yellow film on your teeth. The plaque can harden into tartar. If tartar remains on the teeth, gum disease can develop.
How to Prevent Gum Disease?
Patients can help reduce their chances of developing gum disease with regular brushing and flossing. Regular dental checkups and cleaning are also important to overall oral health. In addition to preventive care, patients should look out for these four gum disease symptoms:
1. Red or Swollen Gums
If you have gum disease you may notice that your gums look red or swollen. If you don’t brush or floss, plaque builds up around the gum line. The red and swollen gums are the result of your body’s attempt to fight the plaque.
2. Tender or Bleeding Gums
If your gums are swollen, they are also most likely tender. You may also notice that your gums bleed, especially when you brush or floss. Do not ignore these warning symptoms. Tender or bleeding gums are often early signs of gum disease.
3. Loose or Sensitive Teeth
You should always pay attention to changes in your teeth. Your gum health and your teeth health are directly related, and both influence your overall oral health. Loose or sensitive teeth can be a sign of gum disease.
4. Persistent Bad Breath
Everyone has bad breath moments. It’s especially common after drinking coffee, eating garlicky foods or first thing in the morning. However, if you have persistent bad breath, or a persistent bad taste in your mouth, then that may be a sign that you have gum disease. That’s because gum disease can make it easier for bad breath bacteria to stick around.
Schedule Your Gum Disease Consultation
If you are experiencing any of the above gum disease symptoms, we encourage you to come see us as soon as possible. The earlier gum disease is detected, the easier it is to treat. Call or email The Center for Dental Excellence to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bell today.