When it comes to oral health, most patients focus on their teeth. However, gum health plays a significant role, as well. Periodontal disease is a serious condition that can compromise not only your oral health, but your overall health too. Fortunately, our doctors at Silverwood Dental offer gum disease treatments to combat the condition and keep our patients’ mouths healthy. Today, we will explore 5 common symptoms of gum disease, and discuss how you can prevent or treat the condition for long-lasting oral health.
Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
Gum disease is characterized by red gums that are puffy and tender. In many cases, the gums may bleed when brushing or flossing. In fact, this is often the first warning sign that gingivitis is present. This irritation and inflammation is the body’s way of responding to accumulations of plaque and tartar on the teeth. Generally, gingivitis can be completely reversed with a regular dental cleaning. However, if your condition has worsened into periodontitis, you may require a deep dental cleaning or surgical intervention.
Bad breath or foul taste
If plaque, tartar, food deposits, and other debris are not removed from the surfaces of the teeth, bacteria will feed off of it. The same bacteria that causes tooth decay can lead to gum disease as well. The more oral bacteria you have, the more likely you are to develop bad breath or a foul taste in your mouth. Since the bacteria that cause bad breath are often trapped far below the gum line, bad breath will linger. Mouthwashes will only mask the odour. The only way to eliminate this issue is through professional periodontal treatments.
When periodontal disease advances, bone loss occurs. When the bone recedes, the gum tissue will follow suit. Therefore, if you notice that your teeth appear longer than they used to, you could be experiencing gum recession. There are many factors that contribute to the development of gum recession, including brushing with a hard-bristled toothbrush or even a genetic predisposition. However, if your recession is accompanied by red gums or a foul taste, periodontal disease is likely the culprit.
If you are experiencing gum recession, then tooth sensitivity is a common byproduct. This is because the roots of the teeth become visible, exposing the dentin – a sensitive tooth layer typically protected by the gums. If this occurs, patients are also more prone to decay and notching of the root surface, as dentin is much softer than enamel.
Shifting or mobile teeth
When periodontitis advances, the pockets around the teeth become deeper. As a result, teeth begin to move and shift. In fact, the teeth can move so much that it changes your bite. This can lead to a host of other dental problems, including tooth loss.
Learn more about gum disease treatment
The best line of defense against gum disease is prevention through routine dental cleanings and examinations. However, if you notice any of these symptoms, be sure to schedule a consultation at our Saskatoon, SK dental practice right away. We can help determine the severity of your condition and design a personalized treatment plan to address the problem. To learn more, contact us online or call us at 306-242-5233.