Gum disease (periodontitis) is more common and dangerous than people realize. Untreated, periodontitis leads to tooth-loss and other health complications. Most sufferers don’t even know they have it.
Are you at risk? The following five signs could indicate whether or not you are.
1. Swollen and Bleeding Gums
Periodontitis is when the gums, ligaments, and bones around tooth roots become infected or swollen from bacteria. The inflammation makes gums roll and swell and they bleed easily when bumped with a toothbrush or floss.
2. Gum Recession
As gum tissues swell, they pull away from teeth. This exposes dark yellow and sensitive tooth roots. If your teeth are starting to look rather long, this could be the result of recession from gum disease.
3. Chronic Bad Breath
If you have really bad breath that doesn’t go away with brushing, it could indicate your gums are harboring a chronic bacterial infection.
4. Loose and/or Crooked Teeth
Periodontitis loosens the ligaments that hold teeth in place. With time, teeth can shift out of alignment and fall out altogether.
5. Gum Pockets
This sign is one you won’t be able to pick up on until you visit our dental office to have your gums checked. A dental professional measures the depth of the gum tissue around each tooth. If it’s deeper than 3-4 millimeters, that’s a sign gum disease is wrecking the bone around your teeth.
Gum Care in Dallas
Need a dentist who can give you a whole mouth checkup? At Preston Sherry Dental Associates, we know that gums are just as important to your smile as your teeth are. Call our team to schedule a gum health assessment.