Gum disease is a fairly common dental issue seen among many patients. There are several different causes such as poor oral hygiene, smoking, and genetic factors. It is important to know the signs of gum disease and to come in for an appointment as soon as you notice any of these. Left untreated, you could experience tooth decay or loss and even more serious health issues throughout the body. We will explain available treatment options and help you manage your symptoms.
Signs of Early Gum Disease
Gum disease is caused by a bacterial infection in the mouth and gums. So, many of the symptoms are similar to those you would see with any other type of bacterial infection. Some of the most common gum disease symptoms include bad breath, inflamed gums, bleeding, difficulty chewing, loose or sensitive teeth, and a receding gum line. These symptoms can occur even in a healthy person's mouth who does not have gum disease if they do not have good oral hygiene practices. That said, even these minor symptoms can develop into a more severe condition so it is always best to come in if you have any concerns.
It is critical that you seek treatment at our office as soon as you start having any of these symptoms. Treatments will vary by patient, but they often include pain and symptom management, medication, and daily habit changes (ex. quitting smoking). If you have gum disease and you do not get treatment for it, the symptoms can be very painful and difficult to manage on your own. You will find that it is hard to follow good oral hygiene practices without professional guidance because gum disease makes this very uncomfortable.
More advanced gum disease can also cause tooth loss and may even lead to the infection spreading throughout the body. Call us now for more information on gum disease or to schedule an appointment.
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