Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms of Gum Disease
Periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease, is a progressive condition that causes tooth loss. It occurs when toxins found in plaque irritate the gum tissue. This results in an infection that can destroy the gum tissue and underlying bone. It is important to note that for many people there are no signs or symptoms for periodontal disease until the condition has severely progressed. For this reason, it is important that you have regular dental screenings. The following are common signs and symptoms of periodontal disease. If you believe that you may have periodontal disease, seek treatment from a dentist or periodontist as soon as possible.
1. Unexplained bleeding
Toxins in plaque can cause a bacterial infection which can cause gum tissues to be prone to bleeding during brushing, flossing, or eating.
2. There is pus in between the teeth and gums
Pus is the result of the body attempting to fight a bacterial infection. This is a definitive sign that you have some form of gum disease.
3. Longer looking teeth
Periodontal disease can lead to gum recession. Bacteria destroys surrounding teeth and gums, making the teeth look longer.
4. Bad breath
Although not a definitive sign, bad breath sometimes emanates from old food particles trapped between teeth and the gum line.
5. Change in bite pattern
Teeth may shift in position due to the deterioration of the teeth and gums.
6. Red and swollen gums
An infection may be present if gums are red and swollen for seemingly no reason. At this point it is important to make sure that the infection does not spread to other parts of the body.
If you believe that you have any of the signs of periodontal disease, seek treatment from a dentist or periodontist immediately. The periodontists at Gallardo and Lamas Periodontics and Implant Surgery of Miami, Florida, are available for a consultation. Contact them today at 305-447-1447.