Signs and Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
Worried that your smile could be warning you that you have gum disease?
It isn’t always easy to pinpoint dental problems. While it should be, sometimes the only way you know there is an issue is when you visit your Bethesda, MD family dentist, Dr. John Kelly, for your routine dental cleanings. But if you are concerned that you might have gum disease, or if you just want to know the telltale signs, here is some more information.
Warning Signs of Gum Disease
Red, swollen gums are usually the most common sign that something is wrong. Gum disease usually begins as gingivitis, which is the very early stage of gum disease that can be reversed if caught quickly enough. During this time, you may also notice that your gums are more likely to bleed, particularly when brushing and flossing. Bleeding gums should be taken seriously, since this isn’t normal.
Gum disease can also cause chronic bad breath. If you brush twice a day and floss daily but notice that your bad breath lingers, it could be a warning sign of periodontal disease. It isn’t until the later stages of gum disease that you may start to notice other issues like loose teeth or even tooth loss. But, the moment you notice tender, red or swollen gums you should be visiting our Bethesda dentist to get the proper care your gums needs to stay healthy.
How is gum disease detected?
When you come in for an exam, we can usually diagnose gum disease by inspecting the gum tissue and to check how well the gums are attached to the teeth. We may also take X-rays to determine whether your gum disease has also affected your bone health.
From there, we can talk to you about treatment options that will help to get rid of your gum disease.
If you are experiencing any problems or if you just need to schedule your next cleaning, it’s high time you called Bethesda Row Dental in Bethesda, MD today. We are here to care for all your family’s dental needs.