Posted on 7/20/2018 by Crossroads Family Dental
|Periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease, is one of the dental issues most patients don't even realize they're dealing with. This disease often shows very few symptoms until it's too late.
By the time you realize something's wrong, especially if you don't visit us regularly for cleanings, you can be in the advanced stage of gum disease. That can result in losing teeth and other issues.
That's why it's important to watch for these signs of gum disease and make an appointment with us as soon as you see any of them.
Common Signs of Gum Disease
Pain often alerts you that something is wrong with your teeth and gums, and that's true here, too. Gum disease often leads to tender gums that are swollen and red.
They might bleed when you brush, floss, or even eat something that irritates the gums. Having chronic bad breath can be another sign of gum disease, although it can also indicate a number of other issues.
You may also notice that you have teeth that wiggle a bit. That's a sign the gums have weakened in that area. You may also notice gaps forming between your teeth or that your gums have receded.
Receding gums are often something people notice, but don't do anything about because it doesn't seem to be a problem. Don't fall into the "if there's no pain, there's no problem" mindset. Receding gums are a sign of something serious.
You might also notice that you've developed sores in your mouth or that you regularly have a sore or two pop up. Even if you don't have sores, you may notice that some pus appears between your teeth and gums. These are both signs that you're dealing with gum disease.
Do you have one or several of these signs of gum disease? If so, call us today to set up an appointment so we can see what's going on.