gum disease

Symptoms of Gum Disease

gum disease Clearwater FLGum disease is a serious disease that affects millions of people annually. Since it progresses in stages, people often do not realize they have it until visiting their dentist. It initially affects the gums, but left untreated can spread to the jaw bone, lead to tooth loss and eventually even systemic diseases in the body.

Learning the symptoms of gum disease and monitoring gum health at home is a great way to take a proactive approach to your oral health. Here is some helpful information about the three stages of gum disease along with their symptoms.

Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease and it is typically the stage that people miss most often. It occurs when bacteria from plaque build-up begins to infect the gums. Patients may experience slight gum irritation or bleeding when they brush or floss. This is often written off as sensitivity or brushing too hard. This stage of the disease is reversible with proper, diligent oral hygiene and regular dental visits.

Periodontitis

This is the second stage of gum disease and it is more serious. Patients may experience persistent bad breath along with bright, swollen gums that are tender to the touch. As the disease progresses teeth may become loose or develop spaces between them. Pus may also begin to accumulate between teeth and gums. If left untreated, damage to the soft oral tissues occur and patients may experience some bone loss in the oral cavity.

Advanced Periodontitis

This is the final and most serious stage of gum disease which often results in tooth loss. Patients experience chronic bad breath in addition to loose teeth and swollen gums that bleed. Gums also begin to recede and form deep pockets. This stage of the disease may require multiple dental visits and procedures to correct.

Gum disease must always be diagnosed and treated by a dentist. However, knowing the symptoms can help you to take a proactive approach and recognize when gingivitis may be developing. If you think you may have gum disease, or you have already been diagnosed, make an appointment at the office of Dr. Andrew Holloman today. Don’t let gum disease wreak havoc on your oral health.

Can periodontal disease be prevented?

gum disease Clearwater FLGum disease is a common and preventable cause of tooth loss in adults. In fact, it is the most common cause of tooth loss. By practicing good everyday oral hygiene and visiting your dentist regularly, you can be sure your gums remain healthy and your teeth remain intact.

Preventing Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, occurs when infection develops in the gum tissues. Infection can cause the gums to recede and pull away from the teeth. Since the gums provide support and a foundation for your teeth, damage to these tissues can cause your teeth to eventually become loose and even fall out.

The good news is that gum disease can be prevented. Regular brushing and flossing are the first round of defense. Your family dentist provides even more insurance. Although gum disease can develop with very few symptoms, keep an eye out for these signs that it might be developing:

  • Bleeding when you brush your teeth
  • Swelling or redness in your gums
  • A shiny look to your domes
  • Bad breath or an unpleasant taste in your mouth

Your family dentist can also diagnose gum disease by measuring the pockets around your teeth.

Treatment for Gum Disease

If you do develop gum disease, treatment is available. The type of treatment recommended by your family dentist depends upon how serious your gum disease has become. In its early stages, if there is only minor inflammation, treatment can be as simple as a special toothpaste or mouthwash. As gum disease becomes more serious, however, treatment becomes more invasive. A special deep-cleaning method called planing and scaling removes bacteria and infection just below the gum line and also smooths out the tooth roots to prevent bacteria from taking hold. If gums have started to recede, pulling away from the tooth roots, you might require gum surgery. This can include gum grafts, which transplants tissues from the roof of your mouth to shore up your gum line.

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