About half of all American adults have some kind of gum disease. While most people have a very mild form of gum disease (also known as gingivitis), this can quickly progress into more advanced stages if the proper steps and oral care precautions are not taken right away.
Wondering if you have gum disease? As part of our commitment to quality care and prevention of dental health issues for our patients in Tempe, Sol Dental wants to keep you well-informed and help you recognize the signs of gum disease. Keep an eye out for these symptoms, and call us to schedule an appointment if you notice any of the following:
1. Bleeding When Brushing And Flossing
This is a common sign of gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease. Healthy gums should not bleed when you brush and floss your teeth, even if you brush for a prolonged period of time.
If you have been noticing blood while brushing and flossing, you could have gum disease. A check-up at Sol Dental will get you back on the right track, and we’ll help make sure that you are brushing and flossing properly to destroy the bacteria that cause gum disease.
2. Gum Swelling And Inflammation
Gum disease is caused by the buildup of plaque and tartar around your gums. The bacteria that live in plaque and tartar attack the flesh of the gums, which can cause swelling and inflammation. If your gums seem swollen, tender, or inflamed, you may be suffering from gum disease.
3. Gum Recession Or Change In Gum Color
In more advanced stages of gum disease, the gums may recede. This leads to the teeth looking “longer”, as there is less gum tissue surrounding each tooth. If you notice a change in gum structure, periodontal care from Sol Dental will help manage the disease and get your health on the right track.
Your gums may also change color. They may appear bright or dark red, or even have a more purplish “wine” color, instead of a healthy, bright pink color.
4. Bad Breath (Halitosis)
The bacteria that cause gum disease can also cause bad breath as they continue to build up in the mouth. If you have been having trouble with bad breath, and you can’t seem to treat your bad breath with mouthwash, or by chewing gum or breath mints, you may have gum disease.
5. Loose Or Shifting Teeth
This is a symptom of advanced periodontal disease. As time goes on, the bacteria in plaque and tartar will destroy your natural gum tissue, and infect the roots of your teeth. This can cause teeth to loosen in their sockets, and may also cause changes in your bite structure.
At this point, much of the damage done by gum disease is irreversible. However, surgery and antibiotics can sometimes be used to save your teeth, and to avoid tooth extraction.
Recognize Any Of These Signs Of Gum Disease? Get Help Now!
Advanced periodontal disease is not reversible. Even with treatment and surgery, you may need regular periodontal maintenance for the rest of your life.
Don’t let your gum disease go unchecked. If you recognize any of the above signs and symptoms, schedule an appointment for periodontal care right away. At Sol Dental, Dr. Jaclyn Haendel is here to help with judgement-free, friendly care.
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