In its earliest stages, gum disease may show only very minor symptoms. For example, a slight reddening of the gums or swollen gum tissue may be the first indications of gum disease, neither of which are exceptionally noticeable. Bleeding gums, which may also be an early warning sign of gum disease, are often when people begin to be concerned, but the condition can actually be treated before this stage when caught early enough.
Routine Dental Care
One of the surest ways to identify early warning signs of gum disease is through routine dental visits. Taking time for a professional cleaning and examination every six months helps to ensure that small issues, like the onset of gum disease, do not evolve into serious problems. Routine visits allow our dentists to diagnose and plan treatment for a number of other oral health concerns as well, making them one of the most effective tools for preventing discomfort, infection, and tooth loss.
Progressive Signs of Gum Disease
When not treated in its earliest stages, gum disease will continue to spread. This may result in:
- Persistent Bad Breath
- Tooth Pain
- Loose Teeth
- Puss In Between Teeth
- Shifting Teeth
- Sore Gums
- Tooth Loss
When gum disease is allowed to progress, the gums may appear bright red, swollen, and painful. If allowed to continue progressing, advanced periodontitis may develop. This type of gum disease may result in bone loss, allowing the jaw to collapse and shrink around the infected area.
Gum disease can result in pain, halitosis, and tooth loss. It has also been identified as a risk factor for hypertension, heart disease, certain types of cancer, respiratory problems, and dementia. While there is no guarantee that taking time to brush, floss, and visit our office every six months will prevent these problems, risks can be reduced when you take these steps. We are happy to discuss more about the mouth/body connection during your next routine visit to help you better understand the importance of a strong oral health routine.