Periodontal diseases are infections of the gums which can eventually destroy the support of your natural teeth. Over time areas of the bone can be impacted which is then called periodontitis. At that stage, the gums can recede from the teeth and form pockets of bacteria and debris. The end result can be the loss of teeth as the bone deteriorates.
Dental plaque, the colorless film which sticks to your teeth at the gum line, is a primary cause of gum disease. Daily brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits will help to prevent, reverse or control most periodontal conditions.
Here are 4 symptoms of periodontal disease.
If you are experiencing any of them you should seek treatment and try to reverse the dental damage.
One of the most obvious signs of infection is bleeding gums during or after brushing or flossing.
Red, Swollen, or Tender Gums
If your gums have become sensitive, red, or swollen, they are possibly becoming infected.
Persistent Bad Breath
Another of the most common signs of infection is ongoing bad breath. Patients may also observe this by noticing an ongoing bad taste in their mouths.
Loose or Shifting Teeth
Later periodontal disease symptoms involve movement or migration of teeth. Loose teeth or teeth that appear longer due to receding gums are a clear warning that professional help is required.
Hopefully you do not notice any of the above signs of disease. Perhaps like many people, you are in the very early stages. Learn from your bleeding or swollen gums that you may have a problem brewing and damage might have occurred. It is possible to reverse gingivitis in the early stages by visiting your dentist or periodontist, and if your gums and teeth are suffering from bleeding, looseness, or pain, it is time to seek further professional treatment.