Bleeding Gums and Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease, also known as gingivitis, or gum disease, is the result of an overgrowth of bacteria. When bacteria break down the tissues surrounding your teeth, one of the only treatment options may be tooth extraction. Knowing the signs and symptoms of periodontal disease and taking proper care by brushing and flossing daily can prevent periodontal disease.
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What are the Signs and Symptoms of Periodontal Disease?
If you are experiencing any discomfort, pain, or bleeding while brushing, it’s important to see your dentist as soon as possible. The beginning stages of periodontal disease can be painless, and you may not notice any changes until the progressive stages of gum disease occur, when pain, decay and tooth loss occur.
- Bleeding gums
- Red, swollen, or tender gums
- Receding gums
- Bad breath
- Destruction of tissue surrounding teeth
- Formation of deep pockets between teeth and gums
- Loose or shifting teeth
- Changes in bite or denture fit
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible to prevent further decay that can lead to gum disease and tooth loss. Use the convenient appointment request form to request an appointment with Dr. Moore.
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What is the Difference Between Gingivitis and Periodontitis?
While gingivitis may refer to gum inflammation in the beginning stages of gum disease, periodontitis is an advanced stage of gum disease which can lead to destruction of bone and tooth loss.
In the earliest stages of gingivitis, bacteria overgrowth can lead to an accumulation of plaque and tartar which can erode the enamel of the teeth and break down the tissues between the teeth and the gums. At this stage, the gum area may be more prone to bleeding, or you may notice sensitivity and pain. On the other hand, some patients don’t experience the signs and symptoms of gingivitis at all until it’s too late.
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If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to periodontitis. Prolonged periodontitis can lead to irreversible bone damage and tooth loss caused by bacteria that form in the pockets of damaged tissue surrounding the teeth. While your body is fighting bacterial infections in the mouth, you may also notice other signs and symptoms, including:
How is Gum Disease Treated? How Can I Prevent Gum Disease?
Neglecting to properly clean your teeth can lead to the bacteria that cause gingivitis and periodontal disease. In order to keep your smile beautiful, It’s important to pay close attention to the health of your teeth and keep regular cleaning and checkup appointments to prevent tooth loss and decay.
Each time you visit our practice for a routine checkup, we’ll perform a comprehensive exam with X-rays that will give us an idea of whether or not your oral health is in critical condition. Is it time for your checkup? You can request an appointment online.
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