If your gums are swollen, red and bleed when you brush or floss, it’s time to schedule an appointment with Goldenberg Family Dentistry. You are likely suffering from gingivitis and possibly the more serious periodontitis, which can cause serious complications, even tooth loss. According to the American Dental Association, there is increasing evidence that gingivitis and periodontitis can lead to other diseases if left untreated.
Goldenberg Family Dentistry explains that gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults and occurs when bacteria and plaque irritate your gum tissue. The bacterial infection starts as gingivitis, but if left untreated will eventually lead to periodontitis.
Most people are unaware that there are different types of periodontitis including acute, chronic, aggressive, periodontitis associated with systemic disease and necrotizing periodontal disease. Although each type has its own symptoms, all must be treated by a dentist in order to stop tissue and bone loss.
It is imperative to note that not all periodontal disease has symptoms or signs. You may not notice anything abnormal when you brush or floss, but without regular dental checkups, you could have problems.
Unexplained bleeding when you eat, floss, or brush is a common sign of periodontal disease as the bacteria can cause your gum tissue to bleed. If you have swelling, pain, or redness for no reason, it is important that you schedule an appointment with Goldenberg Family Dentistry who can do a thorough periodontal evaluation of your gums for disease.
Bad breath or chronic halitosis is another sign of gum disease and although your bad breath could be caused from tobacco, food or another health problem, old food particles that sit between your teeth and under your gum line could also be to blame. If your teeth are loose or have begun to shift, schedule an appointment with Goldenberg Family Dentistry who can determine how advanced your gum disease is.
If you are suffering from periodontal disease Goldenberg Family Dentistry may recommend scaling or root planing if your gum disease is moderate. However, if you have severe periodontal disease other treatments may be needed that include, laser treatment, tissue and bone grafting, or pocket elimination surgery.
Gum disease should be taken seriously, and if you haven’t been to the dentist in some time, or have bleeding, swollen or red gums, call and schedule an appointment with Goldenberg Family Dentistry today.