Gum disease - Periodontal disease - or inflammation of the gums - gingivitis - affect millions of Americans every year. These infections can be scary diagnoses to receive or even read about online. But it can be more unsettling to wait until you see a dentist to know whether you have a problem.
We put together the following common signs of gum disease that should help give you an idea about the health of your teeth and gums. If you suspect you have an infection, see a dentist immediately.
Common Signs of Gum Disease
Has eating become uncomfortable or painful? You may notice your teeth become more sensitive as gums recede. Periodontitis can cause gums to pull back from your teeth. This process happens when the protective, enamel outer layer comes off the inner, dentin surface of the tooth.
When an infection grows in the gums, teeth can become loose. Gum pockets can become more profound if the disease gets worse. Bacteria from gingivitis and periodontitis trick the body into attacking the gum tissue and underlying jaw bone.
Constant Bad Breath
If you brush your teeth, floss, and use mouthwash regularly but still have bad breath, there may be a more significant issue. Halitosis, or bad breath, and a foul taste often come from plaque building up on the teeth. Toxins form when plaque accumulates enough.
Bacteria growing in your gums can cause the area to become red, sore to the touch, and swollen - in severe cases, your gums may bleed. Gingivitis has different levels of sensitivity for different people.
The opposite of swollen gums also results from infections. Periodontitis often leads to gums pulling back. The gum can recede so far that too much of the tooth or the tooth’s root becomes exposed.
If you notice one or more of these symptoms, don’t worry. Signature Smiles Dental offers you services to stop and reverse the effects of gum disease. The Dentists on our team have worked in the Lathrup Village area helping people of all ages gain better oral health.
We have emergency, same-day appointments available for people who need immediate attention. Give us a call at (248) 557-5756.