Gum (periodontal) disease is a common but serious oral health condition. When this condition goes untreated, it can lead to tooth loss, bone degradation, and a chronic incurable infection that destroys the gingiva. Addressing periodontal disease in its earliest stages can prevent destruction to precious oral tissue. Our periodontist provides treatment for all stages of gum disease.
Following are four warning signs that you may have periodontal disease.
Noticing blood on your toothbrush or dental floss could indicate that you have gum disease. Bleeding gums are a sign that the gingiva is inflamed and irritated. If you find that your gums bleed, continue with your oral hygiene routine as normal and call your dentist or a periodontist to schedule a gum disease screening.
Persistent bad breath is a common symptom of many oral health conditions including periodontal disease. If bad breath does not improve with oral hygiene, it is wise to schedule an appointment with your oral healthcare provider.
Over time, periodontal disease will destroy the structures that support teeth. Untreated gum disease could lead to your teeth feeling loose. This is a serious symptom that should be addressed by a professional as soon as possible.
Discolored and/or Sore Gingiva
Sore and discolored gums are a classic sign of periodontal disease. Patients may notice that their gums appear bright red, purple, and blue. They may also experience persistently sore gingiva. Healthy gums will not have drastic changes in color and they will not feel sore.
If you have signs or symptoms of gum disease, it is important to seek the opinion of a professional as soon as possible. Patients with gum disease have access to a number of treatment options that can manage infections, prevent tooth loss, and preserve soft oral tissue.
Visiting a specialist is especially beneficial to those with advanced stages of periodontal disease. Our periodontist is accepting new patients. Give our team at Park Cities Periodontics and Implant Dentistry a call to schedule a consultation.