Signs of Gum Disease

Periodontal or gum disease is preventable and controllable. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, the symptoms of gum disease include the following:
• Red, swollen or tender gums or other pain in your mouth
• Bleeding while brushing, flossing, or eating hard food
• Gums that are receding or pulling away from the teeth, causing the teeth to look longer than before
• Loose or separating teeth
• Pus between your gums and teeth
• Sores in your mouth
• Persistent bad breath
• A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
• A change in the fit of partial dentures
If you have one or more of these symptoms, please tell us and we will be happy to treat you and offer advice. It is important that gum disease be treated because the bacteria that cause gum disease travel through the blood stream to all parts of the body. In addition, gum disease, if left untreated, can lead to tooth loss.
The good news is that gum disease, especially in its early stages, responds well to a combination of professional treatment in the dental office and good oral hygiene habits at home.