Symptoms of Gum Disease

Gum disease can wreak havoc in your mouth and lead to tooth loss and other issues.  However, many people are not aware that they have the early symptoms of gum disease because they are not always aware of what they should be looking for.  If left untreated, these early symptoms can progress and eventually lead to irreversible damage.

Early Symptoms of Gum Disease

While not necessarily painful, there are some symptoms that can be identified in early gum disease if you know what to look for.  For example, you may notice that your gums become tender, swollen and red.  You may also notice that your gums bleed during or immediately after brushing.  These can be early signs that bacteria pockets are forming under your gum tissue.  Persistently bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth can also indicate a problem with your oral health.

In addition to these, you may notice your gum tissue receding or deep pockets forming between your teeth and gums.  This could lead to loose and shifting teeth.  This can impact how your teeth fit together and eventually lead to tooth loss if not treated.

Diagnosing Gum Disease

It is very important to maintain proper oral hygiene and have two professional cleanings per year to prevent gum disease.  However, if you notice any of the above symptoms between cleanings, you will want to see your dentist.  During your exam your mouth will be checked for tenderness, swelling, firmness and bleeding of the gums.  Your dentist will also examine pocket depth.  The size and depth of the pocket will indicate to your dentist how advanced your gum disease is.

Your dentist will also inspect tooth movement and sensitivity along with proper alignment.  Your jawbone will also be evaluated to check for any bone breakdown that may have occurred.

Treating Gum Disease

If your doctor does diagnose you with gum disease then the two of you can work together to determine the best course of action for treating you and your specific case.  Often times, gum disease is treatable and reversible if caught early on.

If you have questions about gum disease, call Progressive Dental Care Center.

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