7 Signs That You Need to See a Periodontist

In today’s blog, Drs. Steven Lieber, Jessica Stilley, and Camille Medina of Periodontal Health Center will describe signs that you need to get evaluated by a Periodontist. 

Here are seven signs and symptoms of periodontal disease that you should watch out for:

1) Bleeding Gums

Bleeding, when brushing or flossing are one of the most obvious signs of inflammation in your gums due to periodontal disease.

2) Red, Swollen, or Tender Gums

If your gums have become sensitive, swollen, or red, it might be another sign of infection or even a periodontal abscess.  This could lead to tooth loss and could be dangerous for your general health.

3) Receding Gums

If your teeth appear to be getting longer, you may be seeing one of the early signs of gum disease. The bacteria in your gum pockets can destroy the gum and bone tissue around your tooth and cause your gums to start pulling away from your teeth.

4) Persistent Bad Breath

Ongoing bad breath and bad taste is a sign that there are bacteria harboring in your mouth, specifically in the gums.

5) Sensitive Teeth

If it hurts when you eat cold or hot foods and beverages you may have underlying periodontal disease. Gum disease makes teeth vulnerable, as it exposes more of the roots.  

6) Difficulty in chewing or swallowing

If you’ve noticed changes in your bite pattern it might be that teeth have loosened. As teeth loosen, they can cause differences in the way your mouth “feels” when biting or chewing. A change in your bite pattern or any difficulty in chewing or swallowing must be investigated as soon as possible.

7) Loose or Shifting Teeth

Later-stage periodontal disease symptoms include movement or migration of teeth. Loose teeth or teeth that appear longer due to receding gums, mentioned in sign three, are a clear warning that professional help is required.

If you present with any of the aforementioned signs and/or symptoms you may have periodontal disease. Periodontal disease are infections of the gums which can eventually destroy the support of your teeth. Over time, areas of the bone can be affected which is then called periodontitis. At that stage, the gums can pull away from the teeth and form pockets of bacteria and debris. The end result can be tooth loss if the disease is not treated, therefore when it comes to fighting periodontal disease, early detection is important. 
If you notice any of the above symptoms you should visit a periodontist as soon as possible. 

You can make an appointment with Periodontal Health Center in Tampa or New Port Richey by filling out our online form. Catching and treating gum disease in the early stages will help to ensure that you keep your teeth healthy for years to come.