Gum disease is the top contributor to tooth loss in adults. Unfortunately many of the symptoms go overlooked until it is far too late. Knowing what to look for can help you get the care you need earlier on, and save the future of your smile. Here are 4 of the most common signs to look out for:
Periodontal disease causes the gum tissues to detach from the teeth. This creates deep pockets around each tooth, as well as the opportunity for gum recession. Exposed root surfaces mean you should seek professional care.
If chronic bad breath seems to be a problem, you may have a significant oral infection. As odorous bacteria build up under the gumlines, it becomes more difficult to manage their levels with traditional brushing and flossing.
Visible tartar buildup along the gumlines means there are additional bacterial deposits under the gums. The bacteria inside of the tartar cause loss of attachment and bone, resulting in tooth mobility.
Gums that Bleed
Under normal circumstances, healthy gum tissues should never bleed when someone brushes or flosses around their teeth. If regular flossing does not reverse the bleeding within two weeks, professional care should be sought.
Are you living with periodontal disease? Schedule your visit with us to find out how we can reverse the infection and prevent tooth loss from happening to your smile.