Gum disease maybe silent, but it is deadly. Advanced gum disease, also known as periodontal disease of periodontitis (around the tooth) may also develop without any pain or other ‘visible’ systems. However, if gum disease is left unchecked and untreated in any stage, it can prove hazardous for your overall health. Therefore, it is important to track periodontal disease in its earliest stages so that proper treatment can be administered. The following are the major warning signs of periodontal disease that you should never ignore:
Many people erroneously think that their gums bleed because they brushed too hard. On the contrary, it can be said that gums bleed because they don’t brush their teeth too often! When you do not develop a good oral hygiene (brushing after every meal, flossing, and using mouthwash), bacteria grows in your mouth, making your gums weaker that bleed easily.
Persistent Bad Breath
Along with bleeding gums, perpetual bad breath is also a common early sign of periodontal disease. Bad breath is also caused by lack of proper oral hygiene, especially failing to floss. Plaque (yellowish film) develops not only on the teeth, but also in the close areas between them where the toothbrush cannot reach.
As gum disease advances, the gums start to swell and become tender, and you might even notice redness. Swelling of the gums can lead to receding gums, particularly if your gum tissues are thin.
Other warning signs include:
- A change in the fit of partial dentures
- Mouth sores
- Loose or separating teeth
- Development of pus between the gums and teeth
- Problems in chewing and biting
All these problems can be avoided if you take good care of your teeth and gums and make regular appointments with the dentist. However, if periodontal disease kicks in, there are various treatments you can opt for, particularly in the case of gum recession. Examples include gum grafting, alloderm, and the Pinhole Treatment®.
Among these, the Pinhole Treatment is considered the most effective (and also the most cost effective). Your gums can become strong again so that you can resume eating your favorite foods in the shortest time possible after treatment.
If you are in Las Vegas and looking for an experienced periodontist, then look no further. Contact Dr. Ed DeAndrade at the Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants for the best dental care.