As with most dental and oral health issues, periodontal or gum disease is easier to cure or control if you get help early. There are a wide array of things we can do for you at Brighton Dental here in San Diego if you make an appointment for treatment at the first sign of trouble.
But what are the signs and symptoms of periodontal disease? We recommend taking action right away if you notice any of these issues:
Bleeding without an obvious cause. Don’t be fooled. Bleeding when you brush, floss or eat isn’t normal – and it’s an early sign of gum disease and infection. Plaque – that slimy yellow stuff that builds up on teeth if you don’t brush well and often – contains bacteria that can make tissue bleed.
Swelling, redness or pain. When you notice that your gums are swollen, red or hurt and you can’t remember any recent injury, there’s a very good chance you have an infection. If that proves to be the case, you must take action to stop the infection before it causes loss of tissue and eventually bone loss in the jaw bone. And you also don’t want the infection to get into your bloodstream and infect other parts of your body.
Teeth that look longer than before. As periodontal disease progresses, gums pull away from teeth and recede. This can cause teeth to look longer than they did in the past. As toxins in plaque destroy gums, other tissue and bone, teeth look longer and longer. This can’t be reversed, but the progression of the disease can be stopped and any remaining issues can be corrected or treated cosmetically.
Bad breath. Sometimes politely called halitosis, bad breath may be a sign of gum disease. It can also be caused by bacteria on the tongue or issues with the lungs or stomach – all conditions that need treatment. Some foods and the use of tobacco can also contribute to bad breath. In the case of gum disease, it’s deep pockets of bacteria around teeth that cause bad breath, and this has to be corrected before your teeth are put in jeopardy.
Loose teeth or a change in bite. If you notice loosening teeth or a shift or change in your bite pattern, immediate action is needed. This is a sign that bone and tissue is being lost and that some or all teeth are losing their attachment to the jawbone. This is very serious and needs dental attention. Fortunately, there are things that Dr. Woods and our team can do to stability your condition.
Oozing or pus. Another serious sign of infection and gum disease, the oozing of pus from around or between the teeth indicates that a periodontal condition is getting worse. This pus is the natural results of your body’s attempts to fight off infection, but your body needs help in dealing with advancing gum disease, and many treatment options are available.
After an examination of the entire mouth, we can provide you with options aimed at improving your dental and oral health. We may prescribe antibiotics and other non-surgical solutions, including the clearing of debris from pockets and root scaling and planing. Laser treatment may be needed for severe cases. In some instances, bone and tissue grafting and other surgical procedures may be necessary to correct the problems left behind by untreated gum disease.
But don’t worry. We can help you.
Learn more on our Signs And Symptoms Of Periodontal Disease page – and contact us now for an appointment. Every problem has a solution, and we can help you return to health and get on with your life.