7 Signs you may have Periodontal Disease
Did you know that seven out of 10 Canadians will develop gum disease at some point in their lives? Of those seven, most will not even know that they have it until it is too late?
Gum disease occurs when there is a buildup of plaque on the teeth. If plaque is not removed, it hardens into tartar, which can irritate the gums and result in a bacterial infection. The early stages of gum disease are referred to as gingivitis. Fortunately, if detected early, gingivitis can be treated and reversed with regular brushing and dental cleanings. However, if left untreated, gingivitis can develop into a very serious dental condition called periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is irreversible and leads to eventual bone and tooth loss.
When it comes to fighting periodontal disease, early detection is the key. Here are seven symptoms of periodontal disease that you should watch out for so that you can prevent periodontal disease and stop gingivitis in its tracks.
This is one of the earliest signs of gum disease. Bacteria accumulating under your gums can cause your gums to become inflamed and bleed when brushing or flossing. If you often notice blood on your toothbrush, it is time to visit your dentist.
Swollen or Tender Gums
Swelling is not normal and it is often a good indication of an infection. If your gums hurt and/or they are puffy and red, visit your dentist.
If your teeth appear to be getting longer, you may be experiencing one of the early signs of gum disease. Toxins produced by bacteria in your gums can destroy the supporting tissue and cause your gums to start pulling away from your teeth.
The roots of your teeth may become exposed as your gums recede and your gum disease progresses. If you start noticing that your teeth have become more sensitive to hot or cold foods, visit your dentist.
Persistent Bad Breath
There are several causes of bad breath, one of which is gum disease. Bacteria under your gums and/or an infection of your gums can cause a foul odor. If you find that your bad breath just won’t go away, visit your dentist.
Pus is the result of your body trying to fight off a bacterial infection. If you notice pus coming from between your teeth, visit your dentist immediately. You may have an infection of your gums or even an abscess. An abscess can be quite serious and it is often quite painful and accompanied by a bad taste in your mouth. Seek immediate treatment if you suspect that you have an abscess because an abscess can cause accelerated bone loss.
If you notice that one or more of your teeth are loose, visit your dentist immediately. Loose teeth are a fairly advanced symptom of gum disease and must be treated right away.
If you notice any of the above symptoms, it is important that you visit your dentist as soon as possible. Catching and treating gum disease in its early stages will help to ensure that you keep your teeth looking and feeling healthy for years to come.