Know when problems with your gums could be the result of gum disease.
It's an unfortunate fact that gum disease is often overlooked because it doesn’t always cause symptoms. In fact, sometimes the only way to tell that someone is even dealing with gum disease is during a routine checkup with our Southgate, MI, dentist, Dr. Jason Cohen. After all, we know the problems and changes to look for in your gums that you may overlook. That being said, it’s still important to recognize the early, sometimes unobvious, warning signs of the condition in order to seek prompt treatment.
What are the symptoms of gum disease?
While symptoms differ from person-to-person and depending on the stage of the disease, there are still common signs and symptoms to most cases of gum disease, including:
- Red, puffy gums
- Gums that are sore or tender
- Gums that bleed easily, especially when brushing and flossing
- Persistent bad breath
- Receding gums (teeth suddenly appear longer than usual)
- Trouble chewing
- Changes in how your teeth fit together
- Loose teeth
- Tooth loss
Again, you likely won’t even notice some of the early warning signs of this condition, but, fortunately, our Southgate dentist will be able to pinpoint the exact problem during your next dental cleaning. This is why it’s important to visit your dentist every six months for checkups, even if everything seems healthy.
What are the stages of periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is progressive, meaning that it will get worse if left untreated. Its stages include:
Gingivitis: This is the earliest stage of the condition, and it is usually defined by slight gum bleeding. If you are experiencing this symptom, it’s important to talk with your dentist, as gingivitis can be reversed with the proper care.
Early periodontal disease: At this point, the gums may start to pull away from the teeth to form pockets of infection. Receding gums are evident at this point, and will likely result in bleeding, tenderness, and redness. As the gums continue to pull away from the teeth, this will also lead to loose teeth.
Advanced periodontal disease: In advanced gum disease, the gums and bones are destroyed by the infection. You may have trouble chewing or experience severe bad breath. You’re also highly likely to lose teeth at this stage.
Concerned? Give us a call
If you are dealing with bleeding gums or other changes in your oral health, it’s important that you get the problem checked out right away. Call Cohen Modern Dentistry in Southgate, MI, today at (734) 283-1263 to schedule an appointment.