Like most health problems, prevention is the best protection available against gum disease. Once it develops, knowing the signs to look out for and getting treatment as quickly as possible are important when it comes to preventing permanent damage to your teeth and gums and minimizing your risk of tooth loss in the future.
Our dentists Dr. Elizabeth Abrams, Dr. Michael Abrams, and our team at Manhasset Dental Arts offer general and cosmetic dentistry services at our office in Manhasset, New York.
8 telltale signs you have gum disease
There are a few stages of gum disease. The earliest and most treatable stage is gingivitis, which consists of swelling and inflammation of the gums. If treated early, gingivitis is reversible and doesn’t usually cause permanent damage.
However, as it progresses, gum disease causes more significant damage and can eventually result in tooth loss in the late stage, known as periodontitis.
Some of the signs and symptoms of gum disease may already be familiar to you, while others might be a little surprising.
Eight common signs of gum disease to look out for include:
- Bleeding gums when brushing and flossing
- Red, swollen gums
- Bad breath
- Pain when you chew or bite down
- Signs of an infection like pus
- Noticeable changes in your bite and tooth alignment
- Loose teeth
- Receding gums
Some of the symptoms of gum disease are obvious, like bleeding when you brush your teeth or sudden pain and sensitivity.
However, damage to your gums like pockets, where bacteria collect and cause permanent damage to the bone and soft tissue that support your teeth and gums, may not be visible to the naked eye.
What to do if you have symptoms of gum disease
If you notice any symptoms of gum distance, schedule an appointment for a dental exam as soon as possible. Gum disease gets worse over time, so it’s important not to ignore the symptoms.
To lower your risk of developing gum disease, start by practicing good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth 2-3 times a day after meals, and floss once per day.
In addition to a healthy diet, avoiding smoking and tobacco products and drinking alcohol in moderation are also important tools in the fight against gum disease.
Preventive dental care is also essential in preventing gum disease and other oral health problems. Schedule a dental exam and cleaning every six months to keep your teeth and gums healthy and to catch and treat gum disease as early as possible.
For more information about the signs of gum disease and the treatment options available, contact Manhasset Dental Arts today to schedule an appointment at our office in Manhasset, New York.