Gum disease is usually painless and you may not even know that you have it. Because of this reason and the fact that gum disease is a potentially serious condition, it’s important to visit Brident for regular dental checkups and examinations.
Gingivitis and Periodontitis
Gum disease comes in two forms—gingivitis and periodontitis. The mildest form is called gingivitis, and it can be spotted by symptoms including tender gums that bleed easily (particularly after brushing and flossing). If not treated, gingivitis can lead to a more serious form of gum disease called periodontitis. This condition impacts the bone around your teeth and gums, and can sometimes cause tooth loss or jawbone infection.
Gum Disease Warning Signs
Because gum disease is painless, it can often go undiscovered. Fortunately, you can easily spot gum disease by watching for these symptoms:
- Persistent bad breath or bad taste
- Gums that bleed easily and regularly
- Red, swollen or tender gums
- Gums that have receded from your teeth
- Visible white spots or plaque on your gums
- Loosening or separating teeth
- Noticeable change in the way your teeth fit together
- Mouth sores
If you have any of these gum disease’s warning signs, we urge you to make a dentist appointment.
Gum Disease Treatment
Brident can diagnose mild to severe gum disease and treat it with a variety of professional methods including deep cleaning, local antibiotics and gum surgery.