Your gum, tissue, and bones within your mouth are susceptible to periodontal disease, which is more commonly known as gum disease. It all starts with plaque, which is a light, almost invisible layer of food debris and saliva.
If plaque is not removed when you brush, floss, and rinse your mouth, then bacteria can start to grow in the plaque, and the plaque can become harder. This is called tartar, and the bacteria within it will start to attack your gums. The first symptom of periodontal disease is bleeding gums. Left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss and other health issues.
The best way to prevent yourself from having gum disease is to enjoy a balanced diet and to have good oral and dental hygiene. Visiting your dentist regularly will also help to catch any gum disease early if it does occur.
If you have any of the below symptoms, you could be experiencing the early stages of gum disease:
Bleeding gums – they should not bleed when you brush or flos
Loose teeth – usually due to the gum disease breaking apart gum fibers
Gaps between teeth – caused by bone loss
Bad breath – or haliotosis, created by the bacteria
Pus – found anywhere in your mouth, this is not a good sign
Receding gums – due to a loss of gum tissue
Red or puffy gums – inflammation due to infection
Discomfort or tenderness – the bacteria is irritating your gums
To check if you are in danger of getting gum disease, contact our office for a free consultation.
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