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Symptoms Of Gum Disease

Diagram showing a mouth with both healthy and unhealthy gums at Westwood PeriodonticsPeriodontal disease, often times referred to as “gum disease,” is a common yet serious condition that can lead to significant oral health issues if left untreated. As a periodontist, Dr. Gupta specializes in the effective treatment for periodontal issues like gum disease.

Of course, prevention is always the best course of action. That’s why Westwood Periodontics is committed to educating our patients about the early signs of gum disease, its causes, and the effective treatments available. Understanding these symptoms is crucial for early intervention and halting progression.

Here are the 8 most common symptoms of periodontal disease:

1. Red, Swollen Gums

One of the earliest signs of gum disease is a change in the color and texture of your gums. Healthy gums are pale pink and firm. If you notice redness, swelling, or tenderness, these could be indications of gingivitis, or the initial stage of “gum” disease.

Cause: This is caused by plaque buildup at the gumline due to inefficient brushing and flossing. If not removed, plaque can irritate the gums, leading to inflammation.

Treatment: Regular professional periodontal cleanings and improved home care can reverse gingivitis, which is what precedes periodontal disease.

2. Bleeding Gums

Gums that bleed during brushing or flossing are not normal. This is one of the most noticeable (and common) symptoms of gum disease.

Cause: As plaque accumulates and hardens into tartar, it can cause the gums to become sensitive and prone to bleeding.

Treatment: Professional dental cleaning and more vigilant oral hygiene can help stop the bleeding and restore gum health.

3. Bad Breath or Taste

Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth can also be a sign of gum disease.

Cause: Bacteria in plaque produce toxins that can cause odors and leave a bad taste.

Treatment: Addressing the underlying gum disease and maintaining good oral hygiene can alleviate these symptoms.

4. Receding Gums

If your teeth appear longer than before, it could be due to receding gums, a symptom of advancing gum disease.

Cause: Gum recession can be caused by aggressive brushing or the buildup of plaque and tartar.

Treatment: Treatment may involve deep cleaning (scaling and root planning) and, in severe cases, surgical procedures like gum grafting to regenerate lost gum tissue.

5. Loose Teeth

Teeth that feel loose or shift slightly when you bite or chew can indicate later-stage gum disease.

Cause: As gum disease progresses, the supporting bone and tissue can be destroyed, leading to tooth mobility.

Treatment: Advanced treatments, including bone grafts, tissue regeneration, and splinting of teeth, may be required.

6. Sensitive Teeth

Increased sensitivity to hot or cold may be linked to gum disease.

Cause: Receding gums can expose the more sensitive parts of your teeth.

Treatment: Alongside treating gum disease, specific toothpastes and treatments for sensitivity may be recommended.

Prevent Gum Disease Before Symptoms Arise

Dr. Gupta always emphasizes regular periodontal check-ups and maintaining good oral hygiene as keys to preventing gum disease. As one of the leading periodontists in the US, she also specializes in early detection and treatment of gum disease.

Early detection can save you years of headaches and thousands in dental bills. So, if you are currently experiencing any of these symptoms, we encourage you to schedule a consultation to discuss your treatment options as soon as possible. Call (551) 751-2024 today to arrange your appointment.

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