Gum Disease- Locating a Silent Adversary

Gum-Disease-Silent A simple check-up in our office can detect signs of gum disease, allowing us to help you develop a plan to stop it in its tracks. Halting the progression of this disease is very important. If it is allowed to progress, the procedures we must use to manage it become perhaps more invasive, complex and expensive.

Please call our office if you notice any of the following gum disease indicators…

Bleeding gums during/after tooth brushing or flossing. Unless you’re brushing extremely hard (bad for your enamel) you shouldn’t be bleeding from your gums. We can help you determine if the blood that you notice in the sink is connected to gum disease.

Red, swollen, or tender gums. Changes in the appearance of gum tissue or sensitive gums are also common symptoms of gum disease. Some patients may even notice gum tissue that has pulled back or receded.

Persistent bad breath. Your bad breath may not just be because of the coffee you had this morning. Improper flossing technique can lead to plaque collecting in the area between teeth making them especially prone to gum inflammation. Another symptom similar to this is a bad taste in the mouth that won’t go away.

Loose or shifting teeth. Some people with periodontal disease may experience movement or migration of their teeth. The rate of movement may depend on the level of gum disease you have. This can lead to changes in the way your teeth fit together (occlusion) and may affect your smile too. Help us to catch this symptom early!

Depending on the type of gum disease, some of the available treatment options include:

  • Removal of plaque and calculus through scaling.
  • Medication.
  • Surgery in order to control and minimize the progression.

If you are concerned that you may have gum disease, contact us to schedule a consultation and learn more about the disease. Call us today!