Before we discuss its symptoms, it’s important to understand what we mean when we say that you or a family member has gum disease. When you have this dental disorder, the tissue that supports and surrounds your teeth becomes infected. Left untreated, it is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults. Plaque, which is a sticky bacterium that builds up on your teeth, is the primary cause of gum disease. Most people are unaware that they have gum disease because its symptoms are typically painless.
What to Look For
By knowing the symptoms of gum disease, you can seek treatment earlier and preserve your natural teeth. The most common indications include:
- Your gums bleed easily when you brush or floss your teeth
- If you have partial dentures, you may notice a difference in how they fit
- Your gums appear red and swollen and are tender to the touch
- You notice a difference in the way your teeth come together when biting or chewing
- Some or all of your gums have pulled away from the teeth they support
- Your natural teeth feel looser
- You have a chronic bad taste in your mouth as well as bad breath
We encourage you to contact All Star Dental for an immediate appointment if you recognize any of these symptoms.
Possible Risk Factors for Gum Disease
Several other conditions can increase your risk for gum disease in addition to the accumulation of plaque. These include:
- Taking prescription medications to prevent seizures or using oral contraceptives, steroids, and cancer treatment drugs
- Inattention to oral hygiene
- Genetic pre-disposition
- Tobacco use
- Misaligned teeth that are difficult for you to keep clean
If you meet any of these risk factors, it’s even m ore important to keep your teeth and gums clean by brushing and flossing at least twice per day.
Typical Gum Disease Treatments
In most cases, Dr. Ahmad performs root planing or a deep cleaning to treat gum disease. For advanced gum disease, oral surgery or tooth extraction may be necessary. Please contact our office if you’re concerned about gum disease or have additional questions about treatment.