Most patients are likely to consider cavities as the biggest threat to managing optimum oral health. While cavities can certainly be problematic, periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) is actually the biggest culprit when it comes to tooth loss amongst adult patients. Many people do not know or recognize the early signs of periodontal disease and therefore do not seek prompt treatment. Our want to keep you informed of the warning signs of gum disease so you can seek appropriate treatment. Contact your dentist right away if you think you recognize any of the problems discussed here.
The early stages of gum disease often present no symptoms at all. Gum disease is a bacterial infection of gum tissue, and the infection can spread before you notice any problems at all. Be on the lookout for the earliest indicators of gum disease, which can include:
Bleeding gums Swollen gums Tender gums Chronic bad breath (also called halitosis)
Once gum disease progresses, it can reach the second stage of infection known as periodontitis. At this juncture, the infection has traveled and contaminated connective tissues, bone and teeth. There are serious repercussions for patients experiencing periodontitis, including tooth loss, bone deterioration and periodontal pockets. It is best to get treatment in the earliest stages of gum disease so as to prevent these and other long-term problems like bite alignment and bone loss.
If you are concerned you have any symptoms indicative of gum disease, communicate your concerns to your dentist right away. Your can examine your tooth and gum health and develop a treatment plan for you to follow between your dental visits.
Here at our , we are committed to helping you maintain optimum oral health. Please call us to learn more about the signs of gum disease or to schedule a consultation to address your concerns.