Gum Disease

Gum Disease

Gum Disease

Periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease, is a serious bacterial infection of the tissues that support teeth. It typically develops over time, as plaque and tartar accumulate on teeth and below the gumline. This is the result of poor oral hygiene habits. Regular brushing, flossing, and routine dental checkups are usually all it takes to prevent gum disease from occurring.

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Symptoms of Gum Disease

Gingivitis: Some people mistakenly believe that their gums bleed because they are brushing too aggressively.

  • Anytime you experience bleeding gums, this is not something to take lightly, it is a warning sign something is wrong.
  • Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that can be reversed with the proper treatment.

Progression of Gum Disease: A bad taste in your mouth and foul smelling breath are also signs of progressing gum disease.

  • The soft tissue starts to recede, exposing the root. Receding gums can lead to teeth sensitivity to hot or cold food temperatures.
  • Pockets may begin to form as the gum tissue loses its tight bond to the tooth. As the pockets spread and deepen, loss of supporting bone will result around the teeth.

Late Stage Periodontal Disease: this includes swelling, discharge and pain resulting from deep pus-filled pockets in the gums.

  • Teeth eventually become loose and start to drift as the disease advances and more bone is lost.
  • Eating becomes more challenging and uncomfortable.

Early signs of periodontal disease can be seen by your dentist during routine dental exams, gingival tissues are evaluated visually and physically. Depending on the condition of your gums, our dentist may refer you to a periodontist, a dentist who specializes in treating gum disease.

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